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Old Cranbrookians

CCF Summer Camp 2013

News & Events First Year It seems only yesterday that the school year began with the fanfare of the Olympics


ceremony still ringing in our ears. And isn’t it wonderful to reflect that the ceremony itself was designed



Cranbrookian Es Devlin. So much has happened in the intervening year! As new Head, I have a much better grasp now of the uniqueness of the school and the special character of its students. Although much



taken place about the whole area of change, the core vision currently being shaped by me, the students, staff and

togetherness at Cranbrook is exceptionally strong, as a

Governors is not shifting particularly: we are aiming to be one of

consequence of its excellent boarding traditions and total

the best, if not the best, state boarding schools in Britain. Our

commitment to charity work. It is also beginning to look outwards

academic aspirations are high - the 70% A*/A barrier at GCSE is

more often with strong links developing between ourselves and

do-able, and likewise the 70% A*/B barrier at A-level. Above all,

local MP Helen Grant, who recently attended a joint conference

we are building on what we have always been good at: competing

between our Sixth Form Politics students and several from the

exceptionally well in boys’ and girls’ sport and developing the

High Weald Academy. Further connections are evolving between

leaders of the future. Our new Senior Four of Ed Woolgar, Katie

ourselves and local prep. and primary partners. The theme here

Hewitt, Emily Webb and Finn Hulbert epitomise much of this.

over the next year is going to be Cranbrook Learning - what can

Having worked with them on School in Action Day and the OCs

we do in all the schools in Cranbrook to make this as exciting and

reunion I can vouch for their maturity, confidence and leadership

stretching as possible? We are working with schools as far afield

qualities - all the attributes we pride ourselves on instilling in all

as Chatham, Rochester and Rye to make cutting edge quality a

our students.

fact of life in our classrooms. I don't know about you, but I can’t wait for next year to get started!

A word that constantly comes up in discussions about our core Mr Weeds

values is ‘community’. I think this is because the sense of


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Speech Day

Arts Week

Speech Day took place on Saturday 25th May at St Dunstan’s Church with guest speaker Dr Robert Casserley, a former pupil, presenting the prizes. Rob, a GP and mountaineer, gave an inspirational and thought-provoking speech on the importance of pushing your limits, as well as accounts of his many ascents to the top of Mount Everest. He also presented to the school the Cranbrook School banner, which has seen the world from the top of Everest, and a rock from its summit.

Arts Week took place at the beginning of March with a full and varied programme of music, drama, literature, art and dance. The week started with the opening of the annual art exhibition on the evening of Monday 4th March followed by an abridged and amusing version of Shakespeare’s ‘Taming of the Shrew’ performed by the students. On Tuesday, performance poet and 4Talent award winner, Luke Wright, was in school running poetry writing workshops with students which was followed by an evening performance of his stand-up show ‘Your New Favourite Poet’. Wednesday and Friday evening saw performances of

(left-right) Kate Hewitt, Ed Woolgar, John Weeds, Rob Casserley, Emily Webb

‘DanSing’, a whole school production which showcased the enormous talent we have in the school for singing and dancing. On Wednesday and Thursday it was the turn of the GCSE drama

As well as honouring the achievements of students in the school,

students to take to the stage and they performed a challenging and

the day was a chance to say farewell to the Senior Four: Day Head

thrilling play entitled ‘Five Kinds of Silence’. Music was represented

Boy Max Grodecki, Day Head Girl Emily Jelly, Boarding Head Boy

by songwriter and singer Amy Wadge, who held song writing

Sam Deering and Boarding Head Girl Ade Adebowale, who all

workshops, and our own Elizabeth Consort performed with The

gave presentations. The ceremony also welcomed the four new

Queen’s Six from St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on the final

seniors into their posts as Head Boys and Girls at Cranbrook

Sunday in St Dunstan’s Church. The week was punctuated by

School. Ed Woolgar is now Day Head Boy, Katie Hewitt is Day

music performances at lunch time by our own talented students

Head Girl, Finn Hulbert is Head Boarding Boy and Emily Webb is

and the Saturday evening slot was taken by hypnotist Martin S

the new Head Boarding Girl.

Taylor who wowed a sell-out audience in the Queen’s Hall with his talents.

The event concluded with drinks and canapés on the Gym Lawn accompanied by music from the school’s jazz band.


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Exercise Kenyan Venturer At the start of the year we received information that a CCF

kit check, followed by fitness tests

expedition was being planned to Kenya with the aim to offer a

from sit ups to walking up hills

challenging and demanding experience for cadets. Two groups of

quickly with all their equipment

20 cadets from all over the UK were to be selected. Cadets would

followed by lectures. Jess

be required to show commitment and determination and a high

described the weekend as

level of fitness was expected. Only the most reliable and

being like ‘The Hunger

committed cadets were to be put forward for selection.

Games’, as we waited for the final list of the successful forty cadets

Cadet Jess Fox was an obvious choice and definitely ticked all the

to be sent which confirmed that

boxes required and therefore was through the first round at

Cadet Jess Fox had gained a place.

contingent level. Huge congratulations on a well The next stage was to be selected at 2 (SE) Brigade and each cadet

deserved place on the expedition

had to write a statement describing why they wanted to participate

from all of the staff and cadets in the CCF and I'm sure Jess will

in the expedition and how it would benefit them in the future.

make her family and school proud.

In her statement Jess mentioned why she enjoyed new challenges

Jess now has two more training weekends where she will learn

such as endurance, meeting like-minded people and how going

about mountain navigation skills, the weather and most

to Kenya would give her valuable experience in confidence and

importantly her team mates. Jess will gain her Mountain

discipline. Brigade submitted their seven nominations from the

Foundation (SMF) qualification from the training. In July, Jess and

whole of the South East in priority order and Jess was one of the

her team will depart to Kenya; whilst there she will wild camp at


3,000m at Hell's Gate, rock climb and mountain bike as part of acclimatisation and trek across the Aberdares. She will then spend

HQ Support Command Land Forces then promulgated a short list

six days on the ascent and decent of Pt Lenana (4,895m) Mt Kenya.

of 60 cadets from the whole of the UK to attend a selection weekend at Halton Training Camp near the Lake District, and Jess

We would like to wish Cadet Jess Fox all the luck in the world for

was a step closer to going on this once in a lifetime experience.

this outstanding opportunity of a lifetime.

After the initial brief Jess was given a bib with a number on and

Maj J D Money

told they were going to be constantly watched. First task was the

Cycle Challenge Four sixth formers organised and took part in a fundraising cycle challenge around the Kent county boundary to raise money for the school’s Tanzania project in the Easter holidays. Mark Purkis was the brains behind the challenge which was to circumnavigate Kent - some 200 miles - in just three days. Mark and his fellow cyclists, Tabitha Barker, Will Newby and Tom Moore set off on Thursday 11th April and completed the ride on the following Saturday after enduring rain, high winds, steep climbs and burning approximately 8000 calories a day. They raised over £2,000.


News & Events

Senior Four The Senior Four for the school year 2012 to 2013 have been a brilliant group, ever reliable and mature in the approach to their duties in the school. Max Grodecki has been a fantastic Deputy Head Boy. He has grown through his contributions to Horsley, and in his many other roles which included Mock Trialist, Amnesty voice, Eco Warrior, Junior Apprentice competitor, talented musician, powerful and fearless vocalist and idiosyncratic public speaker. Max has a strong sense of identity, and he will not be forgotten as he heads off to study History or Philosophy in the future. Ade Adebowale, as Deputy Head Girl, developed a personal style combining both high fashion and corporate, which will no doubt stand her in good stead in the future. She has grown tremendously in confidence, especially in public-speaking. She is a proud

Ade, Sam and Emily

Blubery girl who has led with relentless energy and enthusiasm, with no challenge ever being too great. Her positive, professional

count. He will go on to study Russian and Spanish at Bristol.

and caring approach has been greatly appreciated. Ade will be Emily Jelly had a positive and committed approach to her duties

studying Law at Exeter.

as Head Girl and she had a real impact, especially in the onerous Sam Deering has been a committed Head Boy, bringing a

task of coordinating Supervisor duties. She is a Webster Girl, a

contemporary perspective to the role, which he has handled with

genuine all round sporting superstar and Captain of the First

some skill in his own laid-back style. He is an incredibly proud

Eleven Hockey side (with a black eye this year to prove it), public

Crowden boy, a very talented musician with a tremendous singing

speaker, Mock Trialist, brilliant violinist and exceptional academic.

voice, actor, powerful rugby player, charity worker in Tanzania,

She is admired and respected by staff and students alike, and has

student listener, language leader and dedicated student. He has led

led the school by example. She leaves to study law.

by showing what it means to get involved and make every second

2013 A-Level Results the best ever! Cranbrook School is delighted to announce its best ever A-Level results. We achieved 78% A*-B grades, comfortably achieving the target we had set ourselves last year. This represents a 10% improvement on the 2012 results at this level. Mr Weeds

Leavers Day 2013


News & Events

Ryan Macdonald Krishna Rasalingam

Did you catch any lobsters? That was my first question to Ryan

Macdonald when I spoke to him over the 3000 miles separating us. Fortunately he hadn’t and was therefore keen to join us, initially

Krishna Rasalingam joined Cranbrook School in 2010 and very

for a year, with the option for a longer stay.

quickly settled into our Mathematics department and into the life of the boarding community. He taught maths across the ability range and at all levels and worked with great skill and dedication in support of his classes where he also contributed significantly to the excellent examination results that have been achieved in the department. His maths teaching was vibrant, as was his classroom: Krishna certainly took the art of the maths poster to another level!! Krishna has also greatly been valued as a boarding tutor in both School Lodge and Cornwallis where he has been more than happy to help with the stream of student traffic keen for that extra bit of help with their maths homework. I am particularly sorry to see Krishna leave after just three short years, but we wish him and

Having only interviewed him over the phone it was a nervous start

Lizzie, Anya and George every possible success and happiness in

for all of us in September but we quickly realised we had secured

their short move over to Dulwich College Preparatory School. The

the services of a dedicated and talented teacher of biology. Not

next Cranbrook “v” DCPS staff football match will now have some

used to the more formal teaching of an English selective school

added piquancy!! You can keep in touch with Mr Raz and improve

Ryan’s approach was a little more ‘laid back’. You could go into

your maths too by logging onto his website at www.razmaths.com.

his classroom and wonder where he was, certainly not at the front and lecturing. The students learnt that he would not spoon feed

Mr Fairey

them and that they had to think for themselves and discover answers to problems through their own endeavours. He saw himself as the last resource that the students should turn to. Ryan’s knowledge of biology proved extensive and his enthusiasm rubbed off on the students. As a result we have about 40 students looking forward to a trip to Honduras in the summer 2014. Ryan threw himself into everything the school could offer. As a committed School Lodge tutor and Crowden Housemaster he showed himself to be interested in the whole student and keen to help these young people fully develop their talents. Ryan was also a keen sportsman although his passion for ice hockey was a little misplaced in sunny Kent. However he resurrected the flagging school basketball team, leading the different year groups to success in both the leagues and county cups. He was naturally attracted to rugby (he was quickly nicknamed the ‘Moose’) and freely gave his time on a Saturday to support various school sides. Ryan is marrying Sarah, his fiancée, this summer and they will then be starting a new life at Rossall on the Lancashire coast. We wish them every happiness in the future and hope they look back on their time at Cranbrook with fondness. Mr Gunn


News & Events

University / Degree Places 2012 Thomas Aldous (Civil Engineering – Nottingham)

Arthur Allen (English Literature – East Anglia)

Finian Allen (Natural Sciences – Cambridge)

Jamie Barnett (Acting – Arts University Bournemouth)

Jessica Beech (Natural Sciences – Cambridge)

Susannah Bergg (Drama – Bristol)

Luca Bertoli-Mitchell (French & Italian – Oxford)

James Bloomer (Natural Sciences – University College)

Amy Brander (Civil & Environmental Engineering – Leeds)

Emma Brown (Applied Ecology & Conservation – Reading)

Katherine Burnett (Combined Honours – Newcastle)

Gregory Casswell (Environmental Science – Plymouth)

Jeffery Chan (Mechanical Engineering – Plymouth)

Alan Chang (Physics – Imperial College)

Jennifer Clough (English – Southampton)

Max Coleman (Marine Sports Science – Plymouth)

Miranda Copps (Biology – Imperial College)

Benjamin Easton (English with Creative Writing – Goldsmith College)

Jessica Edwards (English Language & Literature – Oxford)

Kyle Ellis (Physics – Hull)

Kirsten Enticknap (History – East Anglia)

Samantha Erwood (Classical Studies – Royal Holloway)

Emma Frost (History – Oxford Brookes)

Eleanor Furneaux (Contemporary Arts Practice – Bath Spa)

George Gibbons (Politics – Bristol)

Robert Gibbs (Business – Oxford Brookes),

Gabriel Glencross (Mathematics & Statistics – Bath)

Danielle Golan (History – Roehampton)

Naomi Graham (History of Art – Courtauld Institute of Art)

Lydia Greasley (Physics & Medical Physics – Nottingham)

Amelia Green (Biomedical Sciences – Manchester)

William Hamilton (Modern History with Economics – Manchester)

Oscar Hanna (History – Oxford Brookes)

Emily Harris (Law – Nottingham Trent)

Callum Harrison (Product Design – Bournemouth)

Isabella Heber (French – Oxford),

Hugo Hensley (Engineering – Oxford)

Matthew Holdgate (Sport & Exercise Science – Sunderland)

Oludare Holloway (Engineering – Coventry)

Katie Holt (Accounting & Finance – Bournemouth)

Stephanie Holweger (Law – Bristol)

Eleanor Hulme (Ancient History & Archaeology – Manchester)

Dylan Hurdwell (Sociology – Leeds)

Philippa Illman (Fine Art – Norwich University of the Arts)

Harry Jones (Geology – Royal Holloway)

Joseph Kellett (Physics – Manchester)

Sophie Lorimore (Primary Education – Canterbury Christ Church)

Thomas March (Mechanical Engineering – Exeter)

Katherine Marsh (Archaeology & Creative Writing – Winchester)

Matilda Martin (Classical Studies – Manchester)

Oscar Maskell (Anthropology – Sussex)

Beth Massey (History of Art – Manchester)

Aislinn McDonagh (Medicine – Cambridge)

Charlotte Minett (Biomedical Sciences – Reading)

Max Morgans (Sociology - Nottingham)

Joshua Newport (Economics & Philosophy – Manchester)

Thomas O’Donnell (History – Chichester)

Bronwen O’Kelly (Law – East Anglia)

Oluwatobi Oyebanji (Biosciences – Kent)

Samuel Palmer (Physics – Imperial College)

Roxanne Parker (History – Chichester)

Frederic Petch (Sport & Exercise Science – Hertfordshire)

Edward Powell (History – Oxford Brookes)

Rebecca Proud (Economics – Bath)

Jacob Pursglove (Classical Studies – Manchester)

Lucy Reeve (Primary Education – Gloucester)

Elizabeth Reynolds (Law – Bristol)

Emily Righini-Nisbet (Natural Sciences – Birmingham)

Jack Kelsey (Business & Management – Oxford Brookes)

Phoebe Kindersley (Veterinary Science – Bristol)

Joey Leung (Architectural Design Technology – Glynd r) 8

India Roche (Art History – St Andrews)

Elizabeth Rose (Primary Education – Canterbury Christ Church)

Georgia Sanderson-Nash (Neuroscience – Nottingham)

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Irtiza Shah (Medicine – St Georges)

James Smith (Economics – Heriot-Watt)

Jack Stainsby (Music – London College of Music)

Francesca Tooze (Classical Archaeology & Ancient History – Oxford)

Lilian Tsui (Pharmacy – Kings College)

Celeste Vey (History of Art with Museum Studies Leeds)

Tess Weller (Digital Media Design – Bournemouth)

Robert Wickham (Agriculture – Reading)

Isabel Woolgar (Geography – Cambridge)

Michelle Yim (Law – Greenwich)

Rosemary Young (Law – Exeter)

University / Degree Places 2013

Owen Dearn Matt Depoel-Wood Daniel Dorey

Benjamin Drabble

Frederick Earle

Lachlan Bedford-Cooper (Psychology – Bangor)

Robyn Bell (Biomedical Sciences – Manchester)

Thomas Beresford-West (Business & Management – Aberystwyth)

Joanna Berry (Classical Studies – Exeter)

Charlie Bickerton (Engineering Mathematics – Bristol)

Ryan Burdon (Accounting & Financial Management – Sheffield)

Benjamin Cartwright (Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies – Newcastle)

Francesca Collins (Journalism, Media & Sociology - Cardiff)

Jamie Crispin (Civil Engineering – Bristol)

(Natural Sciences – Bath)

Josh O’Collins (Zoology – Newcastle)

(Biological Sciences – Leeds)

William Eckersley (Philosophy – University College)

Emily Fettes (History of Art & Italian – Manchester)

Brodie Forbes (Mechanical Engineering – Manchester)

Chloe Freeman

Oliver Poulter (Media – Nottingham Trent)

Lydia Redman (Law – Cambridge)

Ella Robinson (Graphic Design – Nottingham Trent)

Buster Russell (Information Technology Management – Northampton)

(Chemistry – Bristol)

Robert Garnier (Mechanical Engineering – Newcastle)

Charlotte Garrard (History of Art – Oxford Brookes)

Joseph Gurnett (Architecture & Environmental Engineering – Bristol West of England)

Edward Henderson (English Language & International Relations – Oxford Brookes)

Kenji Holdsworth

(Mathematics Education with QTS – Brighton)

Clem O’Collins

(Electrical & Electronic Engineering – Bath)

Rachael Alston

(Classical Studies – Reading)

Lucy Mumbray

(Environmental Sciences – Southampton)

Theodore Hewett

(Psychology – Royal Holloway)

Barnabas Mullan

(Economics – East Anglia)

(students taking up deferred / late entry places) (Business Management – Nottingham)

Hannah Moorhouse

(Public Relations – Bournemouth)

(Hispanic Studies – Queen Mary College) (Geography & Planning – Cardiff)

Hugo Jamieson

Oliver Sheaky (Mathematics with Economics – Exeter)

Josef Schindler (Modern History with Economics – Manchester)

Eleanor Sinden (Product Design & Development – University of Arts)

Joshua Smith (Classical Literature & Civilisation – Birmingham)

Samuel Stibbs (Sport and Recreation Management – Edinburgh)

Eve Such

(Biological Sciences – Exeter)

Holly Kerr (Drama – Exeter)

(Crime Studies – Manchester Metropolitan)

Dominic Timmons-Draude (International Relations – Durham)

Eleanor Knight (Business & Management – Oxford Brookes)

Tedo Lacey

William Tomalin (Exercise & Sport Sciences – Exeter)

Esmeralda Tunnicliff

(Medicine - Exeter)

(Classical Studies – Bristol)

Hannah Luck (Marine Geography – Cardiff)

Ben Luoma (History – University College)

Alexander Melvin (Natural Sciences – Durham)

Alice Walden-Smith (Physiotherapy – Liverpool)

Roberta Walker (Chemistry with Industrial Experience – Bristol)

Lauren Walter (Engineering – Exeter)

Michael Merritt (Applied Sciences – Northampton)

Eleanor Michaelson (Spanish & Russian – Bristol)

Nicholas Welchman (Business Studies – Bristol West of England)

Kieran Wright

Olivia Minoprio (History – Bristol)

(Biochemistry – Bath) 9

Performing Arts The Music and Drama Departments say farewell to a number of

Autumn Term

pupils this year who have made a significant contribution to the artistic life of the school. Greg Anderson has ensured a varied and

The autumn term was a busy one for the Music and Drama

smooth running programme of music in assembly, Emily Jelly has

Departments. We began the term with a very well attended

led the orchestra with great distinction and a consistently positive

Newcomers Concert with a large number of pupils performing.

attitude, Leon Devereux has been a stalwart of both the Elizabeth

A week later the Performing Arts Sixth formers visited the London

Consort and the main school choir, and Evie Morris has provided

Coliseum Theatre as part of their research into venues. This was

excellent cello playing in both the orchestra and the strings trios

followed by one of two visits to Finchcock’s Museum in Goudhurst

and quartets.

where our Swing Band performed for diners during their Jazz Evenings - thanks to Mr Greenfield for his help with this new

Max Grodecki has shared not only his musical talents (double bass

group. We had the usual round of Associated Board Examinations

in orchestra, performances in assembly, singing in the Consort and

for both practical and theory, took part in the Shakespeare for

main choir) but also his acting ability which was particularly strong

Schools festival and held a workshop for all our Drama

in Earthquakes in London.

examination candidates given by Miles and Ingrid Foster. Towards the end of term all of our choir, Consort, Jazz and Rock Bands,

Finally Tom Wood - where to start? Pianist, cellist, clarinettist, arranger, conductor (Consort, choir and orchestra) and a very good singer. Alongside this Tom has also found time to not only direct school drama performances but also to deliver a number of high quality acting performances. We will miss all of them and trust that they continue to share their wonderful musical and dramatic talents. Mr Allen

String groups, Sax Group, Brass Ensemble and Orchestra performed an evening of music in St Dunstan’s to an extremely appreciative audience. The choir also visited Hartley House Care Home to sing carols with the residents. Some of the members of The Elizabeth Consort braved the downpours to sing carols in the town on the morning of the Christmas Fair.

Performing Arts

Amy Wadge (centre) with workshop pupils

One other major highlight was the quite astonishing performance

Spring and Summer Term

given by the Year 11 GCSE Drama group to the external moderator The department was again very busy during spring and summer

- a real achievement and well done to those involved.

and particularly so in March with Arts Week. Recently ‘The Nomads’ (our school folk group), won an open age Early in the term there was a very well attended strings lunchtime

group competition to perform at Wadfest in Wadhurst this

concert in St Dunstan’s and congratulations must go to those

summer and well done to them and thanks to Greg Anderson for

involved who all played so wonderfully. Again, there was the usual

organising this, along with assembly music again over the term.

round of Associated Board Exams and all entrants for the theory exams were successful and the practical exam results were also

Other activities for the department included a trip to the Royal


Opera House to see ‘Gloriana’ and also ‘Warhorse’ at the New London Theatre. The school rock group also performed at

More practical music making was in evidence when the school

Cranbrook Primary School.

jazz band combined with the Invicta Jazz Orchestra in February again a very well attended concert and some outstanding performances, raising over £400 for charity. I’d like to thank again all those pupils, peripatetic and teaching In March, Karen Chang and Joe Marsh-Rossney accompanied the

staff who have given of their time and particularly Miss Beaney,

primary school pupils in a concert in St Dunstan’s, and thanks

Mr Warren, Mr Cullen and Mrs Rogers for their continued support.

must go to both of them for giving their time to do this and the Mr Allen

jazz band for also playing. We have, of course, had the usual weekly assembly music throughout the term and there have been some wonderful performances.


In Class Mini Enterprise During June all Year 10 students took part in the Mini Enterprise Project as part of Work Related Learning. The students were off timetable for two days, working in groups, and were tasked with coming up with ideas to develop a new non-alcoholic hot or cold drink. At the end of the two days the groups had to show their ideas in a presentation to a panel of parent judges. The presentations had to include examples of the group’s market research including a market map, customer information, income statement, sample packaging and advertising and marketing campaign. hibiscus and other flowers. The judges decided that this group – The students worked on a wide range of innovative and interesting

comprising Daisy Hutton, Henry Green, Alex Lawrence, Ruairidh

drinks ideas including ‘Ice Buzz’, ’Blended Jacks’ – a new type of

Macdonald, Elizabeth Martin, Elliot Turner and Elizabeth Weighell

smoothie, ‘Vita Blast’ – a refreshing water drink with vitamins and

(pictured above) had come up with the most exciting and

‘Milk Matters’ with its individual fruit syrup ‘squidglets’. The overall

workable idea.

winner was ‘Karkade’, a new refreshing herbal tea made from Mrs Newman

Suelynn Lee In February, 166 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 represented the

Suelynn additionally received

school in the Intermediate Maths Challenge, a national

a medal from the Intermediate

competition open to all UK schools. This year, the results were

Mathematical Olympiad as her

excellent with 23 gold awards, 51 silver and 42 bronze awards.

result was placed within the

Eleven students with the best scores were then invited to take part

top 100 students in the UK

in the next round of the competition. They were:-

from the tens of thousands of schools who enter this annual

Finn Austin-Macrae (Year 11), Maddie Davies (11), Robert Gaherty



(9), Suelynn Lee (10), Casper Leung (10), Izzy Powell (11), Millie



Roche (11), Lucas Stanley (11), Angus Thomas (9), Carl Waters

applauds Suelynn on this

(9), Lily Wimpory (9).

prestigious achievement. Well done Suelynn!

Robert Gaherty and Suelynn Lee were both highly commended for their performances in the second round of the competition.

Mr Fairey


In Class

My Final Piece: Gallery Visit: Oli Bond, Year 11 Tate Britain – Kurt Schwitters My final piece was the culmination of all my studies and learned

techniques of the term. However I wanted to take a collage further than its singular form. This brought me to dive into a brief study

Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) is celebrated today for his pioneering

of installation art. Cardiff & Miller were artists who were intrigued

efforts to fuse the two most transformative innovations in the art

by the relationship between the collector and the collected,

of the twentieth century: collage and abstraction.

capable of making the most obscure narrative irresistible. I wanted to emulate their skill in this field. I included elements of Schwitters,

Persecuted by Nazi authorities and isolated in exile with the

with the collaged boards – and use of many found objects. I tried

outbreak of war, Schwitters was forced to abandon this project

to give the impression of the decadence achieved by Cardiff and

and sever his international contacts. Yet with his late work, he self-

Miller’s installations. However most of all, though it may sound

consciously recollected his youthful ambitions, treating his past

like youthful naivety, I have tried to put my own mark on all the

achievements as if they were from the hand of another artist, and

techniques of these great aforementioned artists. I feel in order to

he continued to critique the presumed coherence of the artwork,

make my own work special, this had to be achieved.

creating miniature, polychrome sculpture as he revived his output in collage in the final years of his life.

Since the completion of my final piece, I “tweeted” a picture of I would argue for the enormous relevance of Schwitters’ aesthetic

this piece and the UK Arts Council “re-tweeted” the image and

concerns for artists working today and for the hitherto

two galleries in Canterbury have asked to see and possibly exhibit

unacknowledged power of his late work to guide us to new

my work. I am looking forward to continuing with Art next year.

narratives about modernism in the visual arts. Therefore we all found the visit extremely inspiring. It provoked great thought: for many students, it was the best exhibition they had been to with the school. We were able to draw comparisons from his work with our own given topic of depth, “forces”. Thus the trip was also immensely useful! Oli Bond

Art Workshop In February the Year 12s participated in a workshop at the Turner Contemporary Gallery at Margate. The students all loved Maria Nepomuceno’s Installation called ‘Breathing Time’, which you could touch and listen to the sounds it made. They also had a chance


make their own sculpture and film with local artists.


Visiting Experts In the summer term the Food Technology department hosted a visit from Sal Henley, a Food Consultant, and Sarah Watkins, a nutritionist with Kent County Council, who gave a careers talk to KS4 and KS5 students studying Food Technology at GCSE and GCE. An ex-Cranbrook student, after studying a degree in Food Marketing and Management, Sal Henley went to Leith’s school to develop her practical skills. Since then she has worked as New Product Development Consultant for Tilda Rice and as a Freelance Food Stylist and Food Consultant for a wide range of major food manufacturers, magazines and television. Sarah Watkins completed a BSc in Food and Nutrition and has worked for the Health Service and is currently employed by KCC

Sarah Watkins and Sal Henley

where she works on outreach programmes for Healthy Lifestyle both in the wider community and in schools. there are; as a bonus, both our visitors have offered Cranbrook Both visitors talked about the wide range of careers available to

Food Technology students the opportunity for work experience in

students and graduates in Food Technology and both emphasised

the future. And, the best advice they offered ... “be flexible; show

the broad and transferable skills associated with this subject that

willing, and build up a portfolio of work and ‘hands on’ experience

can lead to varied and interesting jobs.

as this is almost as valuable as qualifications when it comes to getting the job you want”.

In discussions afterwards, students said that they hadn’t fully Mrs Payne

realised how many interesting job prospects in the food industry

Overview of Art I don’t think anyone, especially in the sixth form, will dispute the

relate to our projects and open our eyes to a whole range of artists,

fact that without the Art Department at Cranbrook School being

not to mention the way it helps build up the student’s

the way it is, art students wouldn’t have half the success nor

independence. In lower years, local Lino expert/postman, Neil

enjoyment during the school day that they do.

Ashton has made a couple of visits to show new art students the ins and outs of printmaking. Looking around at many excellent

Over the past year in art, students ranging from Year 9 to Year 13

prints throughout the years it is evident that he has had a positive

have been involved in various activities both in and out the

effect. GCSE students are also fortunate enough to go out on

classroom. Whether it is gallery visits and drawing courses in

various art trips, again to London and again making a great

London and Margate, or visits from local artist Neil Ashton,

difference to the success of each student.

Cranbrook School’s Art Department has been very busy. Early in the year, the sixth form had trips to the Tate Modern, Tate Britain

Of course none of this would be possible without the great

and Turner Contemporary in Margate, as well as self-guided art

teaching staff Mrs Downing and Mrs Ledsham, with their

trips. The self-guided trips are, for many, the most useful outings;

commitment and willingness to get every student to their potential

students are allowed, within reason, to plan out the galleries that

grade at both GCSE and A-Level.

they wish to visit. This enables us to view exhibitions that directly Finn Hulbert


Out of Class Geography Trips The Geography department has been out and about exploring this year. During the beginning of October our very enthusiastic Year 12 students studied the features and coastal processes of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset for four days. They discovered the charms of Swanage, the awe and wonder of features such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Old Harry’s Rocks and managed to bump into BBC’s Simon King at Arne Nature Reserve. In June we took over 100 Year 11 students down to Pett Level and Fairlight Cove. The students recorded lots of data at three different sites along the coast to be used for their GCSE coursework project. They became experts at using a clinometer, identifying different rocks and evaluating the success of coastal management schemes. Mr Penny

Spanish Fun! In the Spring term the Spanish department took the Year 13

entertained by a trio of Spanish performers. While two men played

Spanish class up to London to watch flamenco dancing and eat

guitar and sang rustic flamencan tunes, a woman dressed up in

tapas at a traditional Spanish bar. We enjoyed some typical

full flamenco gear demonstrated her impressive dancing skills. The

Spanish dishes including

atmosphere was really

tortilla, Serrano ham and

lively; the bar was full of

Paella Valenciana. It was a

Spaniards cheering and

lovely way to say goodbye

banging on the tables.

to Señoritas Parey and

Thanks for a brilliant two

Bagat and our Spanish

years of learning Spanish. It


was a great way to end it.



Cristina. Always true to form, Miss Parey would

Manuel Deering

only let us order in Spanish.

y Emilia Jelly





delicious food, we were


Out of Class

School Charity Support The first and greatest achievement of this year’s Cranbrook School Lenten Appeal was the Scotney Castle to Cranbrook Walk that took place on Wednesday 3rd October 2012 and raised almost £11,000 to kick start this year’s Lenten Appeal. As well as the usual range of house dinners, balls and soirees there was the reliable Horsley Arcade and new activities to the Lenten Appeal included the very promising

funding from Barclays Bank in Cranbrook in support of the

Christmas Fair that took place in December in the Old Gym and

Horsley Arcade and Barclays donated £1500 directly to Hawkhurst

candy canes at Christmas. The total amount raised this year was

Community Hospital in addition to the money raised by Horsley.

down on previous years due to the cancellation of some events so we are encouraging new ideas from the committee, staff and

I am immensely grateful to the Year 12 students who gave selflessly

students for the future. This year we were able to secure matched

of their time each Thursday lunchtime. Here they discussed, planned, sometimes argued but always delivered fun money raising ventures across the school to help others via our longstanding




Committee also organised visiting speakers from the charities we have supported in the past and potential future beneficiaries. We give to charities registered in the UK with the Charities Commission and encourage students to make informed decisions about which organisations they would like to support by researching the financial status on line using the Charities Commission website. This year the beneficiaries are the Cranbrook Tanzania Project as always, COCOA Chinese orphans, Future Hope of Calcutta, Steps, Headway Brain Injury, Papyrus, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Kent Air Ambulance and Hawkhurst Community Hospital and their new project, The Weald Rural Activities Project, providing dementia day care and courses for the local community. The committee will be inducting new members during September who will help plan next year’s Lenten Appeal fundraising. Mr Hamilton

Pictures from ‘Wear What You Like Day’


Out of Class

CCF The RAF Section has gone from strength to strength this year. After

Summer Camp

a huge influx of new Year 10s in September, we started their basic training, which culminated in every cadet being successful in

Also this year the section had an amazing summer camp at RAF

passing the part 1 tests. After this training everyone’s thoughts

High Wycombe, which is the Head Quarters of RAF Air

turned to the RAF Ground Training Competition, an annual

Command. During the week we had visits to other bases which

competition that tests every RAF unit in the south east against each

included: RAF Brize Norton, where all of the transport planes going

other. Many Monday evenings were spent practising drill,

to Camp Bastion fly from, and former RAF Uxbridge to see the

command tasks, aircraft recognition and first aid. On the day of

Battle of Britain Bunker where the RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes

the competition every cadet performed excellently, and we came

where controlled from. However, the highlight of the week was

very close to winning many of the exercises; a special mention

our visit to RAF Benson, where after visiting the Air Ambulance

should go to Will Newby for performing exceptionally well in the

and Puma Helicopter Force, we were treated to an amazing flight

fitness test.

in a Merlin Helicopter with 78 Squadron. As RAF Benson is close to London the flight involved low level flying along the Thames

Unfortunately this year there have been no flying days because the

past the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the London

Grob Tutors have all been out of action. However we have been

Olympic stadium, and all of this at 150 knots (278km/h) with the

on quite a few gliding days which gave the new cadets the chance

rear ramp and side doors open. After the trip through London the

to experience flying in the Viking glider, which is the Air Cadets

helicopters looped around and landed at Biggin Hill Aerodrome,

winch launch glider.

and RAF Odiham. This really was a once in a life time experience that all of the cadets thoroughly enjoyed.

In October half term many of our cadets attended the NCO Leadership Cadre at DFTDC Manston. This gave all of the cadets who attended the skills they would need to assist in the leadership of the section when they returned. The skills they learnt varied from teaching lessons to taking drill and many more. Congratulations to Boris for completing his senior cadre and to Natalie and Irene for completing their junior cadre. Around Easter we took part in the annual Military Skills competition against Sir Roger Manwood’s School. Although the teams were mainly made up of Army cadets, there were a few RAF cadets who made the team and represented the RAF section in this competition. This year has also been a big year for the Cranbrook CCF Signals Section. After I completed my Military Signaller Qualification at the Royal School of Signals, Blanford, I started lessons for the Cadet Radio User Qualification. I am pleased to say the course was well attended by both sections, and we now have a large number of trained radio users, which will enable us to compete in the national signals competition next year starting with Exercise Christmas Cracker in late November. Finally I would like to thank Flight Lieutenant Taylor for all her efforts this year in organising the RAF Section. FSgt Lupton


Out of Class Contingent Commanders Report – Maj JD Money Cranbrook CCF has once again had a successful year with field days, courses, camps and high profile public events. Both adults and cadets have gained qualifications in outdoor pursuits and public services making sure that they take full advantage of the cadet experience. None of the events would be possible if it was not for the adult staff, Maj Swinburne and Lt Howard, and we welcome to the team

Another competition that the CCF competed in this year was the

on the Army side UO Johnson who has already proved a great

Townsend shooting cup against Cranbrook town’s ACF on our

asset. Special thanks must go to Flt Lt Taylor who has single-

own school 25 metre range in the Crane Valley. CSgt Tabitha Barker

handedly run the RAF section and has been nominated for a Lord

scored an individual shot of 100/100 and Sgt Emma Reynolds

Lieutenant’s Award for Meritorious Service.

scored a winning overall total with 190/200 and a great effort was also put in by Cdt Issy Humphreys and Cdt Tom Marshall. The CCF

I would like to take this opportunity to put into writing my thanks

also competes in an annual platoon competition against Sir Roger

to the senior cadets who have run the Contingent so well. CSM

Manwood’s School, (Sandwich). This year’s competition was

James Norman, CSgt Tabby Barker, FSgt Duggie Cook, Sgt Emma

another great success with Cranbrook A team coming first and

Reynolds and Sgt Mark Purkis. The secret of their success is their

Cranbrook B team narrowly behind in second place. This

ability to work as a team.

competition was also combined with Cranbrook competing in an ‘Easter Bunny’ signals competition against the whole of the UK. This was headed up by FSgt Will Lupton.

CCF Annual review – CSgt Barker Every year the CCF represents the school in different ways within 2013 has been a particularly busy year for Cranbrook School’s CCF.

Cranbrook town. In November the whole of the CCF attended the

The year started with the shooting team going down to Hythe

Remembrance Day service and paraded as a whole contingent in

ranges so the cadets could zero their rifles and practise, giving

the High Street with other Cranbrook representatives. This was

them the best chance in the annual Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting

followed by the reading of the names of the fallen by CSM James

(CADSAAM). This is an annual shooting competition, attended by

Norman and FSgt Duggie Cook at break time in school on

all CCFs and ATCs in the South of England. Cranbrook A and B

Armistice Day. We also had our Banner dedication parade which

teams competed in a number of shooting events incorporating

included a drum alter and the attendance of Reverend John Sykes.

100, 200 and 300 meter ranges. The biggest success of the two day

The banner was carried by CSgt Barker with CSM Norman and

competition was Cranbrook’s B team coming third in the final

FSgt Cook as escorts. This was attended by friends and families of

falling plate competition! This is a brilliant achievement for the

the CCF along with the whole Army and RAF sections of the

team, consisting of CSgt Barker, Cpl Melvin, Sgt Reynolds and LCpl

Cranbrook Contingent and is one of the most important events in

Barker, who had the whole of the South cheering for them, (the

the history of our CCF. Our final event in the town this year was

apparent underdogs!).

the Armed Forces Day which consisted of a church service with CSgt Barker parading the banner and CSM Norman and others taking readings and lessons in the church. We also marched in the High Street to Rammell field for Cranbrook Town’s Family Fun Day. Thanks go to Sgt Will Moody for organising cadets to help marshall at the Fun Day as well. ‘Exercise Tiger Cub’ (our senior exercise), began with orders being given in the school’s Lecture Theatre and the cadets were then taken to the Lydden training area. Here they carried out a full tactical exercise including an early awakening, full patrol out and a dawn attack (against the RAF section) using blank rounds.


Out of Class Our Year 10s went on a weekend away to learn all about the Cadet

field day which included, first aid, sniper stalk, command tasks &

GP rifle used in the cadets and its safe use. This was a great success

survival stands and a night ambush exercise. All the cadets really

with all cadets passing their weapons handling tests at the end of it.

enjoyed their first experience of the school’s CCF and we will

This enabled them to then go on and use the rifle in other field days

hopefully see them all when we come back in September!

such as our Lydd shooting field day. Here, we went to Lydd training area and shot on a variety of ranges including the DCCT range which is a digitally wired range simulator and always a favourite.

Army Section Summer Camp This year the CCF returned to Crowborough army camp for our annual summer camp. Around twenty five cadets took part in a week long training camp, involving learning new skills, putting them into practice and then finally a competition with the other contingents on the camp. As usual the weather was a complete extreme with burning hot sun all week, creating even more of a challenge! For the first three days all participants of the camp took part in a round robin of training exercises. The days included ranges which involved: a 25 metre live shoot, obstacle course, 25 metre indoor

Annually, we have two week long camps, one at Easter and one

shoot, archery, paintballing and best of all, an outdoor laser quest.

at the beginning of the summer holidays. This year for our Easter

The second day involved more military field craft stands including

camp, both sections of the CCF ventured to the Lake District and

an ambush scenario, an interest stand which involved looking at

stayed at Halton camp. Here we did high ropes courses, rock

the many types of weapons used both in the British army and

climbing at the largest indoor climbing centre in the UK at Kendal

foreign forces and a platoon attack. There was also a sniper stalk,

and then carried out a three day expedition in the Lakes. This really

where the cadets had to sneak up on observers at the top of the

was a trek with a lot of snow with five foot high drifts! It was a first

hill and take a shot, to complete the mission. The third day

time experience for many of the cadets and enabled our cadets to

involved stands such as first aid, command tasks, survival and a

exercise their map and compass skills in a wider environment than

river crossing.

the Gym Lawn with hugely noticeable improvements. The three days were rounded up with a competition where all the Through the CCF it is also possible to attend a variety of courses.

contingents on the camp competed to attempt to win the overall

These can be within the school (FSgt Lupton ran a signals course

trophy. This included: drill, march and shoot, military knowledge,

for the cadets and CSgt Barker, a first aid course), or further a field.

signals and command tasks. After a hard day competing,

This year Cpl Floss Wallace and FSgt Will Lupton went on a skiing

Cranbrook came second by two points!

course in Bavaria. Through the CCF, cadets can also complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award, with a group of six going to the Brecon

After the competition, we left camp and headed to Pippingford

Beacons over the May bank holiday, successfully completing their

Park. Here we made our own shelters that we would sleep in for

Gold DofE qualifying expedition. Good luck to Sgt Melvin who is

the night. The next day we perfected our platoon attack skills, by

attending a prestigious cadet leadership course at Frimley Park in

destroying three enemy positions, including one where three

the summer, Sgt Reynolds & Lcpl Read-Cutting who are attending

assaults where happening at the same time. Now all that was left

climbing courses and CSM Norman who is going open canoeing

to do was clean the rifles, pack up and go home, but not before

in Kendal. Cpl Floss Wallace is going climbing in Spain in 2014

the new seniors were promoted. Congratulations to Sgt Melvin for

and huge congratulations to LCpl Jess Fox who has been accepted

being promoted to CSM, and Cpl Mumbray to CSgt.

on an expedition to Kenya, also in the summer of 2014. Cadets have also successfully completed their BTEC qualification in public

A big thanks to all the Cranbrook CCF staff, especially Maj Money,

services which gives them the equivalent of another GCSE.

for all the hard work they put in throughout the year and an amazing time on camp!

In June, the seniors led an assembly for the Year 9s to encourage CSM Norman

them to join our CCF. Shortly after, we had a new recruits taster


Out of Class

Four Years of CCF at Cranbrook When I watched the assembly at the end of Year 9 given by Tom Buchanan and Maj Usher, I didn’t know what to expect of the CCF. After my friends and I decided to go on the first recruits’ camp and experienced the great activities that you can take part in, I decided to give it a go. As I advanced through the first year, with skill at arms and initial activities, I enjoyed everything that was provided. Going up through the years I was given increasingly more responsibility and leadership roles, strengthening my confidence skills. I was also offered numerous chances to go on field days, week long camps and international trips. I took up all of these chances and even went on the French Pyrenean trip at the end of Year 11. This was a week’s self-sufficient trip and gave me great organisational skills and independence. I even recently called a drill team through a sequence at the Old Cranbrookians day which I’d never have had the confidence to do if I hadn’t joined the CCF. I’m so glad that I decided to take up the CCF...it’s given me a huge number of unforgettable experiences, life skills, challenges and memories! Csgt Barker

French Theatre in London On one of the few warm evenings in June some of the new Year 13s, Year 11s and Year 10 French students travelled to Baron’s Court Theatre to watch one of Molière’s most famous plays, ‘Le Malade Imaginaire’. Along with students from Benenden School and Kent College, we shared a lovely meal in a brasserie before descending into the smallest underground stage in London, where we were treated to this classic play with a surprisingly modern twist. Experiencing a foreign play on stage is always a special event, and the company, Something Wicked, never fails to deliver; the classic 17th century French language was presented in the most graphic and entertaining way. We appreciated the choice of costumes, outburst of English singing, the choreography, the modern choice of lovers, and the British accent featuring was also all too relevant to some of our students! There were tears of laughter, and we are very much looking forward to their new production in the autumn. Quelle bonne soirée! Mme Lavigne-Kidney


Out of Class

National Science and Engineering Week This was kindly sponsored by the CSPA and enabled our students

liquid nitrogen. Many were able to sample it and found it very

to enjoy celebrating this popular week which ran from 18th to

tasty! At lunchtime 9N3 competed against 9S3 in a water rocket

22nd March.

challenge. This was overseen by Mr Hamilton and the winners were Zoe Parrish, Matthew Hutchinson and Mary Anne

The week started spectacularly on the Monday morning with a

Shaughnessy Cleary from 9N3.

visit from Eagle Heights for the Year 10 enrichment lesson. Birds were flying freely around the Queen’s Hall and Alan Aimes spoke

On Thursday, Dr Diane Aston, from Leicestershire talked about

with passion about conservation and the damage we have done

Materials to Year 9. She enlightened the audience about the

to our planet.

importance and breadth of uses of different materials with replacement hip joints, replacement eye lenses, bullet proof vest materials and replacement polythene arteries all being handed round for the students to see. The picture quiz which ran all week showing unusually angled pictures of scientific equipment was won by Tom Wood of 12AB and the tutor group prize for the knowledge quiz was won by Year 11 Scott Girls. Hopefully students enjoyed bringing science to the fore again in this week and every one was a little more enlightened about scientific issues. Mrs Coulson

This was followed by the inter-house DT challenge at lunchtime in the Old Gym organised by Mr Leach and Mrs Saunders. Teams of four fought it out to build the tallest free standing tower which would hold an Oxo cube given a limited amount of paper and tape. This was won by Rammell at 2.12m, followed by Horsley Girls 1.82m and Scott 1.78m. On Wednesday it was the turn of Year 11 to have a talk from Vicky Fitzgerald from The University of Kent about the Large Hadron Collider and more specifically about the low temperatures required and the effects low temperatures have on materials. The talk finished with strawberry and chocolate ice cream made with


Out of Class

Debating and Mock Trial Public Speaking

This year, the Junior Mock Trial team competed in the local heat and got through to the Regional Final. We then competed against several schools from across the area including The Judd, who won

It’s been a terrific year for the school in debating and public

the regional competition, beating us by a slim margin.


The Junior Mock Trial team was composed of Xander Ferguson – Defence lawyer, Jude Holden – Defence lawyer, Leonie Russell – Prosecution lawyer, Ruby Bayley – Prosecution Lawyer, Lleane Smith – Magistrate, Lauren Ballard – Magistrate, Francis Brown – Magistrate, Natalia Oosman – Witness, Lucy Brook – Witness, Izzie Adams – Witness, Olivia Stevens – Defendant and Pip Lupton – Usher and Legal Adviser.

A group of Year 9 boys, Matt Barbier Cox, Harry Lathan Coyle and Will Turner, made it through to the regional round of the Youth Speaks competition; James Collins and Josh Fettes (Year 12) got through to the second round of the Cambridge Union Debate competition; James Collins paired with Will Newby (Year 12) were finalists in the Oxford Union Debate and Ed Woolgar and Bella Brasnett got through to the regional finals of the English-Speaking Union competition. Throughout the early part of the academic year, the Mock Trial

Congratulations to all!

team have held regular meetings, and learnt about the proceedings of a court. We have had a real magistrate come in to help us with our preparations and explain why each individual role is important. We also went on a short trip to visit a real court room in Maidstone before the competition, to get a feel for what is was like. Thanks must, of course, go to Miss Roller for leading the Mock Trial this year, Mr Golding who came in to help us every week, and finally to everyone who took part in the competition. Francis Brown


Overseas Visits & Links

Lille Exchange In March, 36 French students came to Kent to meet their exchange

learnt about life as a boarder in Cranbrook. After Horsley Arcade,

partners whom they had met in Lille last May. The meeting took

they went to explore Sissinghurst Castle and returned to school to

place in Hever Castle, on a bleak afternoon, where all the students

be treated to a tour of the town onboard a vintage double decker

did the historical tour before getting acquainted again in front of

London bus.

mountains of scones and cups of tea: the first delicious encounter with British cuisine, for many Lille students! More treats were

The weekend spent with the Cranbrook families was fun packed

awaiting them in the 6th Form Centre on their arrival at Cranbrook

too, as many Lille students were treated to visits ranging from London

School, as the forthcoming birthday of two exchange girls entailed

to local lambing farms, and despite the freezing weather, they all

candles and beautiful cakes to share.

agreed their welcome was the warmest they could have expected.

Friday was supposed to be the chance for our Lille partners to

Many fond memories were shared, and I hope that some long

experience a “normal” day in school, but it was ‘Wear What You

term links have been established over the channel, helping our

Like Day’ and it was never going to be normal! The French

students on their journey towards their French GCSE next year!

students marvelled at the ingenious outfits, but also at the way the lessons went on as normal, despite the costume madness. They

Thank you to all the Cranbrook students, their families, and the

toured the school before joining their partners in a few lessons.

Cranbrook teachers for their kind and thoughtful hosting of their

They experienced the whole, very colourful, school assembly,

Lille partners.

which was a novelty for them. They also all had a go at cooking apple crumble from scratch and visited School Lodge, where they

Mme Lavigne-Kidney



Thoughts on the Battlefields When thinking about war and the First World War in particular, it is a natural human tendency to rationalise the devastation in terms of numbers. 20,000 men died on the first day in the Battle of the Somme, 22.4 million Allied casualties over the course of the war. Somehow doing this makes the idea of death seem okay. We tell ourselves “THEY died for a cause, THEY died for our freedom”. This, in a way, is our coping mechanism; we find it easier to think about the wood than the trees so to speak. Unfortunately this instinct of ours makes it all the more difficult when the time comes to focus on a singular victim of the violence. For me this was the case when visiting the grave of my great, great uncle Ernest Jury who was killed at the Somme in December of 1916 at the age of

humbling and profoundly emotional. A big part of me felt almost

26. From a predominantly working class background, my family

ashamed. Why had I not felt this immense sadness walking

at the time saw war as their duty: a pleasant and honourable

through the rows upon rows of graves at Villers-Brettoneux or

adventure filled with camaraderie and laughter. My great, great

Tyne Cot cemetery? The answer is because for that split second

grandmother would go on to lose (along with the aforementioned

my sub-conscious brain had swept away the veil of statistics and

brother Ernest) a son James (my great-grandfather) at the battle

facts and meaningless names and all that lay before me was a man

of El-Alamein in World War 2. Thus I found standing in front of

who was killed in the prime of his life in the service of his country.

my ancestor’s grave in the midst of hundreds of other white Eddie Dadds

headstones in a (comparatively) small cemetery in France

Visitors from India In the last weeks of the summer term, Cranbrook School received guests from Bhavan's Vidya Mandir School in Kochi (Kerala, India) continuing a successful and much-cherished exchange tradition between two schools from two continents and very different cultures. Cranbrook students and teachers visited India last autumn and looked forward to returning the hospitality so warmly bestowed upon us. The Indians spent two weeks experiencing English heritage and culture, all from the quintessentially pastoral landscapes of the ‘Garden of England’. The weather proved typically English, of course, but we stoically argued that this only contributed to our visitors’ authentic experience of the country!

year after year and I do hope it will continue as it provides

During their time with us, the guests visited London, Oxford,

invaluable life experiences for all those involved. I really feel that

Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Chartwell and Canterbury. They were

having gone to India and stayed with people she had never met

also welcomed into school, joining several lessons and becoming

has encouraged my daughter to have the confidence to try so

involved in Dance and Food Technology classes. The benefits of

many more new challenges’. The next visit to India will take place

becoming involved in the exchange are clear. As one parent

in the autumn of 2014.

commented: ‘It is a great credit to Cranbrook School that such a Mr Warren

massive undertaking as arranging these visits goes so successfully



Cricket Tour to South Africa The first step off the plane into South Africa was an eagerly

should engage with the surroundings that we were in and not just

anticipated experience. We waited impatiently for our bags in the

play competitive cricket. There was aching poverty throughout the

modern, clean airport - and boarded the bus to the hotel. The drive

township - despite its government funding each month. However

from the airport to central Cape Town was a chance to gape through

they had a school and all the children were so happy. We played

the windows of the bus, to see the poor Nyanga and Eastern outer

some cricket and football with them, and listened to a song from

districts, and realise the demographic extremes in the country.

each of the nurseries around the township.

The first night was a fantastic sporting experience; we had the chance

Our next game was against Western Province CC, at Ronderbosch

to see the Cape Town Stormers take on the Kiwi side Crusaders in a

School. There were excellent batting performances from Charlie

Super 15 Rugby match at Newlands Stadium. As well as giving an

Russell-Vick and Guy Schindler in the juniors, who won their game

insight into the obsession with sport that grips South Africa, it made

comprehensively. In the 1sts, there was a general all round good

any sporting occasion in the UK look tame. The rugby was of

performance for a win and Joe Clark took four wickets. Our final

superior quality - but the crowd was just as watchable.

game was against Bellville CC, and despite a sour scenario with the scoring, both Cranbrook sides came out with a win.

The juniors managed one innings in the first game against Bergvliet High, but after that the day’s games were rained off. This

We managed to do all of Cape Town's possible tourism in a week

really disappointed a lot of the boys, but afterwards we were put

and a bit amongst a lot of cricket: we did a foggy Table Mountain,

through our paces in some soaked, intense fielding drills and we

beautiful views at Cape Point, the Ostrich Farm, Penguin Bay, Seal

learned never to complain. The second game was a 20/20 against

Island, markets and bartering, safari on a game reserve and, for

Northern Suburbs; the weather was perfect. White legs out, and

some, golf at Milnerton golf club. A big thank you to Mr. Pohio for

sun cream being passed around - we looked the stereotypical

his meticulous organisation and,it must be said, there wasn't a bad

touring side. For the 1sts Al Smallwood hit a brilliant 83 not out to

moment throughout. It could not have been a better experience;

give us the edge in what was a very competitive game.

I know everyone had a fantastic time. It stands us in good stead for some excellent cricket in the years to come.

On the 3rd of April we visited the Township of Fisantekraal; this Oli Bond

was a fantastic experience for us. It emphasised the point that we



Bayeux Exchange Six days can seem a long time or a short time‌for the 23 Year 9

The rest of our time together was spent in school, where our

students who embarked upon their first French exchange, it must

students realised that Cranbrook school food has to be the best in

have seemed a bit of both!

Europe, but where the school bell sounds more like a soft jingle. We concluded our stay with a re-enactment of the 100 Years War

We left Cranbrook School on Friday 17th May, and after a day

in a couple of Laser Quest games.

travelling to Bayeux, Normandy, the students left with their respective host families for the week-end. Their experiences varied

The Year 9 students who participated in this exchange will have

from milking a cow to attending a wedding, visiting Mont St Michel

certainly practised more French during their stay than during most

and markets, football games or cycle rides.

of this year spent in school. The host families were delighted with their guests and I am very proud of the tenacity the students

As a group, we visited a couple of the D Day landing sites, the

showed. It takes a lot of courage to face a rainy, foreign

immense American cemetery and the D Day Museum of

environment for six days at the age of 14, and many embraced the

Arromanches. The rainy weather could only help us picture the

challenge wholeheartedly.

grim situation the Allied soldiers faced in June 1944, even if we would have preferred to see the sites in sunshine. A supermarket

We will receive the Bayeux students in March 2014, and hope that

visit was welcome shelter from the rain, and the crepe seller in the

in the meantime, the link between the students remains.

High Street will be grateful for our visit for a long time! M Chenu and Mme Lavigne-Kidney To complete our tour of the Franco-British history, we jumped back in time and visited the famous Bayeux Tapestry. We were also treated to a reception in the Town Hall, where two Municipal Councillors had treats laid out for us.



St Jean de Luz Exchange In February, Year 12 French students from Cranbrook School and

Other highlights included the meal shared in a local restaurant,

Kent College travelled to Biarritz in the South West corner of

the various parties organised to welcome our students during the

France to spend a week visiting their exchange partners.

week, the Basque lesson taught by Year 12 students and the wonderful chilled moments the students enjoyed playing football,

We were prepared for cold and wet weather, but all of us ended

guitar, exploring the beach and climbing the local mountains.

up in T-shirts eating ice creams by the beach, so we were very lucky! The exchange was made up of lessons in school, visits to a

As a teacher, I was moved to see how sad the students were to

local castle, the town of Bayonne (where the “bayonnette”

leave each other and I feel the friendships have greatly enhanced

originated) and its Basque museum. The students tried their hand

their linguistic skills. My personal highlight was hearing the

at eatable art in the Chocolate Museum of Biarritz, and spent a day

students say they didn’t want to speak English anymore, and

in San Sebastian, over the Spanish border, visiting the Aquarium,

would much rather speak French!

the old town, and the shops. They also tried to play a few versions of the pelote games in a special sports centre: not as easy at is seems, being the fastest ball game in the world. One of our French partners became the French champion in her discipline after her Sunday match while we were there: impressive!

Mme Lavigne-Kidney


Tanzania trip Cranbrook School has been sending students to Tabora, a remote

and painted the boys’ dormitory at Mwanhala FDC. They then

district of Tanzania, for nearly 30 years to work alongside the local

moved to the village of Isegenhe where they refurbished the village

people on projects to enhance their lives particularly in the areas

clinic and painted a classroom at the village primary school. FUM

of education and health. These projects are funded to the tune of

had persuaded Mr Alistair Hamilton to visit Nzega District, his visit

many thousands of pounds by the students themselves, with help

overlapping with the school’s. His task was to overhaul Mwanhala’s

from the Lenten Appeal, the CSPA, Old Cranbrookians, some

electrical supply ready for connecting to the national grid and to fit

parents and others. The trip is overseen by a small West Country

an electricity supply to the new college borehole pump.

based charity: FUM (Friends of Urambo and Mwanhala.) The Urambo group, led by Miss Toni Pitt, Mrs Dot Ledsham and The 2013 trip left on July 9th with 41 students and 8 staff. After one

Mr Dan Felts, painted the Urambo Folk Development College

night in Dar es Salaam and an 18 hour coach journey the following

Assembly Hall as well as clearing the football pitch (by hand!).

day, they arrived in Tabora.

They purchased a small herd of 11 goats for the FDC to run as a

From here the team split to their three groups and moved to their

money-making project. The group then moved to the villages of

respective Folk Development Colleges, FDCs. These colleges which

Ibambo where they painted the 10 rooms in the new village health

provide vocational training and education for young people, have

centre and to Uhindi where they partly refurbished the busy

been central to much of the work which Cranbrook students have

Mother and Child Clinic. While in the FDC the Cranbrook students

completed over the decades and have provided accommodation

gave English lessons to the FDC students which were very well

and a base from which they can then go out into the villages.

received and greatly appreciated.

The Mwanhala group, initially led by Mr Rod Smith, Mrs Vehrlé

The Sikonge group, led by Angela and George Daly, arrived at their

Smith and Mrs Winnie Parson, then later by Mrs Jo Taylor, cleaned

FDC to discover that there were no students on site. They had all


Overseas been sent home because there was no water in the wells. The

group, both staff and students. Happily the culprits have been

group was able to provide the necessary money to dig two new

arrested and many of the stolen items recovered.

wells and work started on this the very next day. By the time the group left Sikonge there was water in both wells and the students

All the groups reconvened at Mwanhala FDC for a final farewell

were returning to their studies. The group also painted the

reception hosted once again by the marvellous Mama Malyeli

Kindergarten at the FDC, the shower block and murals on the

before the long bus journey to the the Mikumi Game Reserve

walls in the Assembly Hall. They moved on to the village of

where we had a fantastic day, with sightings of most of the animals

Utimule where they helped lay the foundations for the new staff

to be seen in East Africa: lions, elephants, giraffes, impala,

house and quarried sand to help further with the building.

buffaloes, wildebeest, zebra, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, warthogs and more! From there it was three days of rest and

Whilst based in their FDCs and in the villages all groups visited

relaxation at the New Bagamoyo Beach Resort right by the Indian

local primary and secondary schools, giving the gifts brought from

Ocean. Everyone deserved this rest break after all their hard work

England, plus a monetary donation, and they sang their group

and travels, and they made the most of the local markets, the

songs. These visits were good fun and educational, both for the

chance to paddle in the sea and to get up in time to see the sun

Tanzanians and for us. Groups also took the chance to visit local

rise over the ocean – not to be missed.

District Hospitals and other Mother and Child Clinics, especially useful for the prospective medics.

Then it was the long flight back to the UK, and back to school to be met by families and friends. The students brought with them

Sadly the Sikonge group were involved in an unprecedented,

tales of how kind, friendly and generous their Tanzanian hosts had

armed, roadside robbery towards the end of their trip to the village

been; their life changing experiences from seeing how people

of Utimule but their bravery and calm behaviour during the attack

really do live in rural Tanzania; their better understanding of how

meant no-one was seriously injured. Though it meant the visits to

the schools and the clinics function; and of their trips to the game

the villages was shortened for all groups the trip as a whole was

park and the beach – probably in that order!

able to continue to its planned conclusion. All credit to the Sikonge Mrs Taylor, Mr Smith, Mrs Daly


Classics Trip The biennial Classics trip to Rome and the Bay of Naples took place over the Easter holidays, exploring ancient sites studied in school, which all students found thoroughly enjoyable and a fascinating experience. Upon arrival in Rome, sunglasses were instantly removed from bags as we travelled to our first site, Hadrian’s Villa, in Tivoli. After a few hours of exploration we were incredibly tired, but found the strength to stroll to the Trevi Fountain in the evening, where we consumed colossal gelati amidst the city nightlife. Our visits to the Roman Colosseum and Forum were equally captivating, as we attempted to translate the Latin on the ruin inscriptions, and Year 13s walked ‘in the footsteps of Aeneas’

We were rather optimistic wearing shorts and sunglasses for the

(quote Mr Ferguson) over the Palatine Hill to test their Aeneid

journey home. As we said goodbye to the warm temperatures,


cloud-free skies and the stunning Bay of Naples scenery, our joyful faces were disappointed as we landed back in the cold and rain.

It was amusing to see all the eager faces itching to race up Mount Vesuvius the next day, only to find that half way into the hike (I

Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Fairey, Mrs Dickens, Dr Grayling and

could only manage a slow walk, pondering the idea whether to

Mr Ferguson for such an enjoyable trip, and I couldn’t recommend

collapse and roll back down), everybody was exhausted. This

it enough. Hopefully more budding Classicists will be itching to

helped put into context the horrific events of 79AD for the people

go out and learn about the ancient world next time, and of course

of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both of which we visited. We

to escape the English weather.

clearly underestimated the size of both locations, and spent hours Tom Wood, Year 13

searching every house and body-cast we could find, attempting to gain an insight into what life would have been like, whilst the ominous monster looked down. The site of Cumae was fascinating



supposedly the entrance to the Underworld, and the Year 13s retraced the steps of Aeneas descending into the cave of the Sibyl to discover the destiny of Rome. Our hotel in Piano di Sorrento peered out over the Bay of Naples, providing a stunning backdrop as we ate our breakfast and dinner, reassuringly knowing that the volcano was some distance away, should it decide to awaken!


Sport Cricket 2013 was an extraordinary year for school cricket despite the

Clark were top wicket takers but the whole unit showed control

weather.The various squads have won over 80% of all school

and a desire to improve throughout. Matt Simpson deserves special

matches played and in the process played some exciting and

mention for his keeping as it was of the highest standard all season.

aggressive cricket. The season began in Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and finished on a sunny day on

My thanks go to Clayton Pohio and James Walton who have

Big Side against visitors form Melbourne. Cranbrook School is truly

shouldered the greatest burden this summer, coaching and

international when it comes to sports.

umpiring, and to all of the staff who have given time to help the sport run so smoothly and successfully this year.

The junior teams have real promise and the U 14 teams lost only Mr Presnell

one fixture all term. No fewer than three of the lads represented the school’s 1st XI and any number of them made telling contributions to age group games. Charlie Russell-Vick hit a 53 ball century at Rochester before going on to bat in the top order

U15 Girls Sabre Champions

for the 1st’s. Dom Thompson became only the second boy in the last 25 years to play his first ever school fixture in the 1st XI and he bowled well all season. Kit Ross took over 30 wickets and deservedly made his 1st XI debut against the Old Cranbrookians. In the U15s Guy Schindler scored his maiden century and Fabien

Cranbrook School are this year’s British Schools U15 Girls Sabre

Chatfield and Jack Pavey represented the 1st XI for the first time. Ollie

Champions. The competition took place in April at Brunel

Clark, a quick bowler with real potential, also played for the seniors.

University and the team was led by Daisy Hutton and included Jess

The most consistent batters were Ollie Myrtle and Tristan Lee.

Wooff and Jess Hume.

The senior sides were great to watch, scoring runs at an alarming speed and fielding and bowling well. The 2nd XI suffered badly from the weather and only managed four games. They did however have a great time and always showed we have strength in depth. The 1st XI was simply superb, losing only once to an excellent Langley Park outfit in the County Cup final. This was our fourth season in a row in the final and we now have two wins and two losses. Two centuries were scored, one by Eddie Dadds and the other by Doug Gordon. Runs however were never a problem with skipper Finn Hulbert, Ali Smallwood, Hamish Cloke, Joe Clark and Alfie Lloyd-Dyke all scoring heavily. On the bowling front, Hulbert and



Boys’ Hockey The first game of the weekend was against Warminster School

1st XI

without our captain and centre back, Sam Kemp. The side started It is fair to say that the 1st XIs season comprised two halves. Pre-

off with a lack of composure, which seemed to be a feature in all

season went reasonably well with the team winning two out of

of the games to come that weekend but, through some hard work

the five matches we played. Our first fixture was against

and determination, the team won 3-1.

Hurstpierpoint and we played some good attacking hockey and found ourselves 2-1 up with five minutes to play. However, we

Although we never showed the real hockey that we could play we

were not able to hold on to this result and conceded two late goals,

came out with another two wins on the Saturday with a 4-2 win

leaving the team bitterly disappointed.

over Wellington School and 4-3 over Hilton College, a very pacey South African touring side. This final match saw Hargrave-Smith

For the next three matches we played well but were unable to

come out of goal and score his second goal of the weekend,

convert performances into results, and disappointing losses by four

extending the winning streak to eight in a row and was a great

goal margins to Eltham and Eastbourne provided the lowest point

way to end the season.

of our season. We continued to work hard during training and were Rory Miles

determined to bring about a change in results. We did this with our first home game of the season, earning a 2-2 draw against Dulwich.

2nd XI

Played 11, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 5

This change continued after half term when we beat the Sir Roger Manwood School 3-1, in the semi-final of the Kent Plate

It was a mixed season for the 2nds and we played some wonderful

Competition. We followed up this result up with a superb 3-0 win

and some truly awful hockey. At best we were a match for any

over our main rivals, Sutton Valence, with goals from Toby Russell

team, beating Sutton Valence and Duke of York's 1st XI, and we

Vick, Finn Hulbert and Charlie Bülow. Performance after

had a good passing game well marshalled by George Allen. As

performance led to a series of wins and before we knew it we

always the 2nds were great fun to work with and proved to be a

were on a nine game winning streak. Our best results included

stepping stone to the 1st XI for several players. ‘Player of the

comprehensive victories over Alleyns, Rochester Maths,

Season’ was Leon Devereux and ‘Most Improved Player’ was

Warminster and the Old Cranbrookians.

Mackenzie Taylor. Special mention must go to George Allen for his expert captaincy and to Matt Simpson for filling in when Sam Kemp

George played up.

3rd XI

We finished the season winning 11 of the 19 matches we played,

Played 7, Won 2 ,Drew 3, Lost 2

scoring 42 goals in the process. We were undefeated at home and finished with nine wins in a row, something that has not been

The 3rds had a reliable core of players and were well captained

achieved ever in the school’s history. ‘Player of the Season’ went

by Eman Eghobamien. We did not win as many as we should

to Rory Miles, ‘Most Improved Player’ to Finn Hulbert and ‘Unsung

have done because we lacked a real goal threat. Despite this the

Hero’ was Tobyn Hargrave-Smith. Special mention must go to

boys had a good season.

Sam Kemp for his excellent captaincy and organisation Mr Presnell

throughout the season.


Mr Pohio

Unfortunately due to a reduced fixture list, a series of tough

Bath Hockey Festival

fixtures, and a lack of goals, the U16 teams struggled to perform to their best, winning only three of their 10 matches. Aside from

The final weekend of the Hockey term saw the highly anticipated

this, a number from this age group managed to represent the

tour to Bath for the great annual schools' hockey festival. The

school at senior level setting them in good stead for years to come.

squad was made up of mainly upper 6th players ranging from the 1st X1 to the 3rd X1, playing some of the last hockey of their school

Mr Pohio

careers, aided by some promising players for next season’s 1st XI.



Rounders At the time of writing this it feels as if the summer term has only


just started. The seniors have managed to play five games, winning The U15s also had a true season of two halves: struggling for

two of them and it has been great to see the commitment shown

victories initially then winning their last six matches which

by the girls, particularly during study leave. The U15s have

included fantastic wins against Eltham 4-2 and Sutton Valence

struggled to find form so far this season with only one win from

3-0. Sam Holroyd and Will Wotton were solid in defence, Rory

four matches. By far the most successful team is the U14 team

Miller and Will Griggs provided the thrust in midfield and Houchin,

who have played five and have won a very impressive four.

Stanley, Pavey and Young blasted most of the goals. The U15 Bs had a great season too, with outstanding victories against Eastbourne and Dulwich.


Mr Green

U14 The U14 A team continued the success seen in the first term by

It has been a quiet year on the tennis front, with the seniors only

the girls. After a promising start against Hurstpierpoint the side lost

managing to play one match at the time of writing, winning an

three matches – all against big private schools. However the boys

impressive 7-2 v SVS. However, Sarah Ross and Téa Robinson won

learnt a lot, and were then undefeated for the rest of the term,

the U15 Tennis Invitational Tournament at Benenden, in a

winning six and drawing one of the next seven games. The

competition made up of 64 pairs. This is the first time Cranbrook

highlight was against a very strong Alleyns where we managed a

has been successful in this competition.

fine 2-2- draw. Again there is lots of talent in this young side and

Special thanks to all those girls who have returned from study

as long as they continue to listen and learn they have a great future

leave to enable these matches to take place. The U15As have had

ahead of them.

a great start to the season with two wins from two. The U14s have struggled to find their form this season and unfortunately, due to

Mr Gunn

a lack of fixtures, they have been unable to put their training into The U14 B team had a successful first hockey season winning four

practice; however the U14As most significant win was against SVS

games losing two and drawing one. Five of the team had never

winning 8-1.

played hockey before which made these statistics more Mrs Burnett

impressive. The highlights of the season were a 5-0 victory over local rivals Sutton Valence and a hard fought 1-0 win over Alleyns. There were some outstanding performances from all the players, but a special mention must go to Jack Dean, Dom Thompson, George Ankjaer and Nicole Stewart, who made the step across from the girls’ team and finished the season with three goals. Well done to all the team. Mr Walton On behalf of the teams, thank you to Mr Presnell, Mr Green, Mr Gunn, Mr Walton, Mr Thompson and of course Mr Pohio for all their help and support throughout the season.



Girls’ Hockey Memorable games included beating Worth 1st XI 5-0, Duke of

1st XI

Yorks, where five different players scored goals of the seven overall, The 1st XI struggled at the beginning of the season owing to so

and a well fought 1-0 victory against Sutton Valence. Massive

many players leaving last year. However, we went from strength

congratulations to Nicole Seeley as ‘Most Valuable Player’ and Jess

to strength demonstrating that we do have the capacity to play to

Fox for her improvement throughout the year earning ‘Most

a great standard.

Improved Player’ Sophie Thorbek

Two of our peak performances were playing against Duke of Yorks, a school with a good sporting reputation, whom we beat

A big thank you to Mrs Burnett, Mrs Coleman, Mr Gunn, Mr Rogers

3-1, and beating St John's 3-0. It really was an amazing season and

and Mr Thompson for all their hard work and a special thank you

all the players pulled together both on and off the pitch.

to Mr Pohio for being such a fantastic coach and amusing us with his antics all season!

Special mention should go to our ‘Most Improved Players’, Alice Reed and Sophie McGee, and our ‘Most Valuable Player’, Izzy

3rd XI

Ross. Top goal scorers have been Emily Jelly and Sophie McGee. Our appreciation goes to Lizzie Payne, who has been an

It was not a bad showing from the girls this season; a few mixed

exceptional goalie, even making it through to the final eight goalies

results but clear throughout that the heart of the team was never

for the England Team.

failing. Towards the end of the season, Chloe took control as captain and worked tirelessly on a Friday evening to ensure we Emily Jelly

turned out eleven players on a Saturday morning.

2nd XI

There was some excellent commitment from a core of players who turned up to practise every week, and were always on hand

The 2nd XI much like the 1sts, struggled with the high quality of

to play at the weekend: Lizzie, Megan, Harriet, Chloe, Karen and

opposition they faced this season, but fought well throughout,

Miranda to name a few. ‘Most Valuable Player’ has to go to Harriet

especially through the middle part of the season. They had a great

who ran her heart out every week and was at the heart of play in

team spirit and would have liked more subs; however, Mrs Coleman

midfield, always tracking back to support defence when needed.

went for longer pitch times requiring increased fitness levels for all.

Mr Rogers

U15A What a season! There were concerns amongst the team that they would be lucky to get a draw this season having not won a single match as the U14As. To their credit the girls were really determined and didn’t give up even when the score lines were daunting. Perhaps the big turning point came with the amazing win over Kent College in a very dramatic 4-3 win just before half term. This success seemed to raise the bar for the team which resulted in a 5-0 win over St Johns and a 7-0 win over King’s Rochester. The team were fantastic and their attitude to training impressive. My ‘Player of the Season’ goes to Hettie Taylor who successfully moved up from the B team. Top goal scorer by a mile was Ellie Gibson. Special thanks to Téa Robinson in her role as captain who really motivated the team to create such a well bonded team.



The last game against Hurstpierpoint was the best hockey I’ve


seen from a Cranbrook side since I’ve been here (a very long The U15Bs had a slow start to the season. The squad were

time!) The team was built around a core of strong players

consistent in attendance and played some solid hockey, with a

including Eleanor Minns, Nicole Stewart, Issy Bond and Nelly

special mention to Katie in goal who made some fantastic saves

Pearce. Goals were shared around although Nicole always scared

over the season. The girls played some lovely attacking hockey,

the opposition when she came up to strike short corners. There

although the score line did not always reflect the standard of play.

was depth in the squad with many unsung heroes such as Eleanor Hammond and Pip Lupton.

A special mention must go to Mehalah Spencer and Alice Richardson who have played some outstanding hockey. Although

If this team can stay together then they have the potential to

the girls did not have the best of seasons, their commitment to

become one of the strongest sides that Cranbrook has ever

training and fixtures was outstanding. ‘Most Improved Player’ was


Amy Luck, ‘Player of the Season’ was Katie Thompson and a Mr Gunn

special mention to Emma Sumner who was a great captain.


Mrs Burnett

It was a fantastic season for the U14Bs, who were unbeaten until


the last game of the season when they lost to the St Lawrence A The U14As had a successful season, winning five and losing five.

team. Their attitude and commitment was outstanding from first

Cranbrook has a very strong fixture list with many of the games

day to last and they were so enjoyable to coach. The ‘Player of the

against big private schools, and therefore the teams lower down

Season, award goes to Abigail Barrett and the ‘Most Improved

the school always find it tough. It is to their great credit that this

Player’ goes to Natasha Govett. The top goal scorers were Mary-

team successfully competed in every game and improved

Anne Shaughnessy and Olivia Lerpiniere.

progressively throughout the season. Miss Presnell



Rugby The calibre of rugby at Cranbrook continues to grow, with the

The 2nd XV, led by Tom Bull had a remarkable season winning

fixture list strengthened even further this year with the school

75% of their games, many of them very close victories. The dogged

picking up Eastbourne College, St. Olave’s and Colfes School.

determination of the team always showed through with the best of their wins being 29-26 against Chislehurst & Sidcup and 26-19

The new U14 boys had a strong season with the As winning 6 out of 12 matches with notable victories against Eltham and King’s Canterbury. George Ankjaer and Digby Atherton were top try

against King’s Canterbury. Ted Hodges and Tobyn Hargrave-Smith had outstanding seasons. Tom Bull was awarded 2nd XV ‘Player of the Year’ and Rob Fenner ‘Most Improved Player’.

scorers with Charlie Russell-Vick kicking the points. The year group displayed tremendous strength in depth with the U14Bs winning

The 1st XV season was dogged by a huge number of major injuries

10 out of 13 games, the U14Cs winning 4 out of 6 and the U14Ds

to big players. Despite this, it’s been a remarkably successful one

defeating King’s Canterbury 63-0.

with 12 wins and two draws out of 20. As well as the regular season,

The U15s proved again they are an outstanding year group with the As achieving 8 wins out of 12, the pick of the bunch being a 20-10 win against Eastbourne. Toby Houchin, Charlie Heaton and Jack Moore have been the stand out players this season. The U15 Bs had a mixed season but achieved great victories against Sevenoaks and Worth and the U15Cs showed outstanding skill to win 5 out of 6.

the team reached the last 16 of the Daily Mail Vase, beating Coopers, Coburn & Co, Christ’s Hospital and Maidstone in the process. They were stopped in the Kent Vase Final away at Tiffin School. All season, the pack was driven by Emmanuel Eghobamien and Dan Sinclair whilst the backs were led by ‘Player of the Season’ Rufus Biggs, and Captain, Harry Rugg. Toby Russell-Vick was the goal kicker and highest points scorer. The ‘Most Improved Player’ was

The U16s, Crewsy’s Crusaders, had the best season in the school

George Katis. Our greatest victory was the floodlit Friday night game

winning five and drawing one out of 7, the best victory being

against King’s Canterbury. The Upper Sixth had never beaten them

against Judd, 19-5. Alex Weighton and Matt Leckie have led the

at any age group and Cranbrook ran out winners 23-9. Biggs,

pack with Frank Reynolds and Will Andrews finishing off the tries.

Eghobamien and Sinclair were selected to play for Kent U18s,

The U16Bs have made a vast improvement and, with wins against

playing matches against Hampshire and Sussex.

Eastbourne and King’s , are becoming a force to be reckoned with. I’d like to thank all teachers, coaches and spectating parents for The 4th XV, led by James Norman, had a good season with wins

all their support throughout the season and to Mr Presnell for

against Epsom College and Worth. The 3rd XV, led by Toby Gray

organising the game schedule.

had a winning season (7 out of 12) with some outstanding victories against Judd (36-5) and Skinners (41-15).

Mr Green


Rugby Sevens It was a short but very sweet Sevens season for Cranbrook School with some remarkable performances in three tournaments. The U18s entered the Reigate Charity Sevens and the Kent U18 Sevens, both times being placed in seriously tough groups. At Reigate, unexpectedly, Cranbrook beat last year’s winners, Epsom College, 1914, in their very first game. They then went on to beat Dulwich College 19-5 and City of London Freeman’s 21-19 which meant that they topped the group and went into the Cup competition, a monster achievement in itself. In the quarter finals they came up against an extremely slick Brighton College side (they are the best in the country) and despite all their efforts

they were placed in a very strong group so expectations were low.

went down 41-5. ‘Player of the Tournament’ was Harry Rugg.

Cranbrook started with a bang, beating Chislehurst & Sidcup 287, then narrowly edged a win over last year's winners St. Olave's

At the Kent U18 Sevens on Wednesday 6th March, Cranbrook

24-21. As the group went on, the U15s continued to grow as a side

were placed in a ‘group of death’ but again, demonstrated what a

beating Beths 24-0 and Sevenoaks 17-7 which meant they topped

strong side they are. In the group they beat Sutton Valence 12-5,

the group and went into the main semi-final against Gravesend

Simon Langton 22-7, lost to Colfe’s 26-7 and beat eventual Cup

Grammar. The hosts couldn’t handle Archie Miles, Jack Moore and

winners, Judd 22-21. Unluckily, this meant that, on points

Charlie Heaten with the score ending 24-7; Cranbrook went into

difference, the team came 2nd in the group and went into the Kent

the final against Judd. There’s a hierachy here, in that Judd, year

Plate Competition, which looked more fierce than the Cup! The

after year, get their names on the trophy; however, Toby Houchin

boys thrashed King’s Canterbury in the semi-final 31-7 and headed

and the Cranbrook U15s hadn’t read the script. In a tough contest,

into the final of the plate against local rivals Skinners. In a very

Cranbrook took the game to Judd, moving the ball well and being

tense match where Cranbrook were 2 tries to 1 down at half time,

aggressive at any breakdown. Judd just couldn’t break

the team dug deep and pulled the score back to 12-12. In the last

Cranbrook’s defence and Houchin repeatedly breached their line.

few minutes, Cranbrook crashed in for a third try and held on at

The final score: Cranbrook 17-Judd 0! Congratulations to the

the end for a great victory 17-12. Congratulations to the squad

squad below for a fantastic achievement- Kent U15 Sevens

below- Kent U18 Sevens Plate Winners. ‘Player of the Tournament’

Champions! ‘Player of the Tournament’ was Toby Houchin.

was Rufus Biggs. Squad: Toby Houchin, Jack Moore, Charlie Heaten, Oli Myrtle, Squad- Harry Rugg (c), Rufus Biggs, Dan Sinclair, Charlie Bülow,

Henry Young, Marcus Lyne, Archie Miles, Will Wotton, Piers

Ryan Ward, Chris Karg, Henry Waugh, Emmanuel Eghobamien,

Crowther, Tristan Lee, Hugo Cadman.

Adekitan Orimoloye, Mike Jelly, Oscar Hensley, Toby Sinden, Toby Russell-Vick, Guy McNamara.

This U15 squad now goes on to represent Kent in the U16s AllEngland Sevens 2014 to be held at London Irish RFC!

The U15s, on Thursday 7th March, went to Gravesend Grammar for the Kent Sevens having had little or no time to prepare. Again,

Mr Green



Charlie Joslin-Allen Charlie Joslin-Allen has been an outstanding advert for the school throughout his time at Cranbrook. In his last year here, he has had, once again, a very successful cross country season, competing for both the school and for his club, Tonbridge Athletic Club. He was runner-up in the senior boys' race at a muddy English Schools' Cross Country Championships at Catton Park, Derbyshire, on Saturday March 16th. Charlie also powered his way to victory at the Kent Schools’ Cross Country Championships and at the 2013 Inter Counties Championship at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on 9th March, he produced a gutsy performance to achieve 8th place in the U20s. Sixth place would have meant gaining an England vest despite being two years younger than the other competitors! We wish Charlie all the best in his future athletics and cross country endeavours and will try to keep up with his progress to senior internationals. Mr Green

Basketball It has been a challenging year for Cranbrook basketball. The Year

The senior team, composed of both Year 12 and Year 11 players

9s had a disappointing season, not winning a match, but there are

overcame some significant personnel changes this year after losing

definitely some promising athletes in the group who could turn

a few key players from their first three years together. However they

into good players in the years to come.

still managed to be very successful, finishing second in a strong East Kent Under 19 League to the North Academy which is a very

The Year 10s are a group full of potential with lots of height and

strong basketball school. They were defeated by Northfleet, one of

athleticism. They have come a long way in the last year and could

the top basketball academies in Kent, in the Kent Cup.

turn into one of the best sides produced by the school. One of the most impressive things about this group was their enthusiasm and

I want to thank all of the players who have committed themselves

the number of new players that joined the squad this year. It was

so wholeheartedly since I arrived here four years ago. I know that

common for 20 or more to turn up to each training session.

because of their passion for the sport, it will continue long after I

Unfortunately they didn’t make it as far in the Kent Cup as last year

have left.

and didn’t get the rematch with Canterbury they wanted so badly, Mr Macdonald

but there is always next year.



Netball This is the best season we have had since 2005. Despite two major weekends being affected by weather we managed to play 71 matches across the year groups. The results are all available and updated regularly on the school website, however here is a small snapshot of our success:

U14s An enthusiastic, very talented and very tall group of girls! Captained by Polly Coleman (first half term) and Issie Bond (second half term) for the As and Freya Moore for the Bs.

2nds Captained by Helena Prentis, this team should be proud of their

Results: The As won 6 out of 6 matches and came 3rd in the Kings

achievements, especially with a massive squad of 11 to juggle with.

Invitational Tournament so overall we won 9 and lost only 2 which

They won 6 and lost 2 (one of these to a 1st team from another

were Benenden and Sevenoaks. The Bs won 4 out of 5 matches

school). They voted Becca Powell as ‘Most Valuable Player’ for the

and Cs won 2 out of 3. A fantastic season, excellent commitment

season and Emma Parcell as ‘Most Improved Player’.

and great potential.

1sts U15s

The 1st team won 9 and lost 1 (on a day we don’t talk about!).

Very enthusiastic, hardworking and keen to win more matches

Sadly both our major tournaments were cancelled, rearranged

then last year, the As were captained by Hatty Pearson and Bs by

and cancelled again due to snow, which was disappointing, as it

Ellie Gibson. Results: the As played 17 matches (they took part in

was our only chance to win some silverware. However we have

2 tournaments!) winning 13 , drawing 1 and losing 3. The Bs won

had a really great season and special mention must go to Hannah

1, drew 1 and lost 3.

Agbeyegbe (Year 10) for her outstanding contributions in defence. The ‘Most Valuable Player’ was Ellie Smith and ‘Most Improved

The As should be congratulated on an excellent season, much

Player’ was Scarlett Atherton.

improved from last year, and they also won the Cranbrook Invitational U16 Tournament which is a great accolade. The Bs, it

Thanks go to all coaches/umpires for their hard work throughout

is fair to say, lacked consistency but all the girls always kept their

the season – Sally Eastern, Mariela Presnell and Max Ward. Thanks

heads up and tried their best, which is to their credit.

so much to Mr Presnell for his gruelling but fun fitness sessions for the seniors and also to Mrs Burnett and Miss Green for their


assistance through the Netball term at games and with umpiring.

This year group had a tough start to the season as they

As Captain of the 1st team I would also like to thank Mrs

had exams to contend with before they could really

Coleman for her coaching, her

focus. They are a talented group but have perhaps not





made the most of the opportunities given. Captained

organising the fixtures for all the Netball

by the ever smiling India Cotton, they competed well

teams this term. Finally, the following

against U16 and 3rd teams from other schools to win

leavers received Netball Colours for

4, draw 1 and lose 3. They drew with our U15s in the

their contributions to Netball over the

U16 Tournament and lost to Benenden who had raised their game, so came 3rd overall.

last 2 or 5 years. Half Colours were awarded to Ellie Hopkisson, Manon Kidney and Alice Reed. Full Colours were


awarded to Helena Prentis, Emily Jelly, Jess

This is our social team who ‘rock up and

Atkins and Jo Barker (Captain 2013).

play’. They won 3 and lost 1. Jo Barker


House News

Allan Boys It has been another year where I have been proud to be part of

The Allan Soirée was entertaining and memorable as ever, special

Allan Boys, from winning performances on the sports field to our

thanks going to Greg Anderson for coordinating it and making the

courageous house spirit, which is something we have always been

evening successful. Every year it shows just how much musical talent

renowned for.

Allan has to offer and this year was no exception. For this year’s House Shout performance we had some difficulty choosing a song so we

The Allan Dinner was, as usual, a fantastic evening. A huge thank

placed our trust, once again, with Greg which led us to performing a

you has to be said to everyone who helped make this event such

medley consisting of ‘Don’t You Worry Child’, ‘Starships’ and for some

a success, particularly Allan Girls who did nearly all the organising

reason ‘One Pound Fish’! Greg and Leon somehow made this work

and chose the topical 007 theme.

and once again the whole house felt we were robbed of a rightful victory. The small group has become an event dominated by Allan

Fergus Berger led the sporting side of Allan Boys this year and did

Boys in the last few years and Toby Bromfield played a huge part in

an excellent job building on our newly-found sport prowess. For

winning this for the second year running.

the second consecutive year we have won house hockey, beating Rammell in the final, with Ted Hodges being the standout player.

I have been proud of everything we have achieved as a house this

We finished an admirable fourth in house rugby, coming first out

year and wish the Allan Boys every success in the future. Thanks

of the three day houses with only 14 men. Tom Acheson-Gray was

go to Mr Duddle, our Head of House, and all of our dedicated

a great asset to our team, putting in some colossal hits. It was great

tutors who have managed to make this year such an unforgettable

to see younger boys stepping up to the mark throughout the year


and I have no doubt that they will continue to build on these recent sporting improvements.

Freddie Sawyers


House News

Allan Girls Allan Girls started the year on a high, having won the inter-house

throughout the year, and although we did not emulate our success

sport competition for 2012. I would describe this year as more of

of last year, it was clear that the girls grew much closer in the face

a theatrical triumph compared with last year’s sporting one, with

of some tough competition. However, on our skating trip to

many of Allan’s gifted pupils being placed in the limelight.

Somerset House just before Christmas, certain individuals displayed an undiscovered talent for skating, including Miss

The year began with a visit to Harry Potter World on a Sunday in


October. This proved to be an enormously popular trip which caused many other houses to be very jealous. All of the girls, some

We once again hosted a very successful dinner along with Allan

sporting Harry Potter scars and glasses, had a brilliant time.

Boys, this year with the theme of ‘James Bond’. The event was

Congratulations to Lauren Benney who won the trip photo

superbly organised by a hugely dedicated team, and extra thanks

competition. In February, the house joined with Allan Boys to see

should go to Ellie Hopkisson for her efforts. We were lucky enough

the entertaining musical ‘Spamalot’. The Allan Soirée, which

to have live performances from the Nomads and a duet by Niamh

contributes to the school’s Lenten Appeal, showcased our many

Collins and Liv Chapman, both of which were outstanding.

talented students from all year groups. This was organised by Lydia Warmington and Ellie Barham, and was a huge success. In the

Finally, I would like to thank everyone in Allan Girls for their

spring term we saw our greatest achievement this year - winning

support and house pride this year, especially our team of excellent

the House Shout. Izzy Ross and Katy Stephenson led the house in

tutors: Miss Parey, Mrs Downing, Miss Howard and Mrs Santer. A

an energetic mix of ‘One Way or Another’ and ‘Teenage Kicks’; it

huge thank you must go to Mrs Fairey, without whom the house

was obvious that the girls were enjoying themselves, especially the

wouldn’t be the same; her hard work makes Allan Girls a

dance moves at the end! The small group sang the haunting ‘Sun

wonderful house to be part of. I’m so proud to have represented

Goes Down’ by David Jordan, a beautiful and complicated piece.

Allan Girls this past year, and best of luck to everyone in the future.

Our Sports Captain Lizzie Payne’s passion for sport was shown

Helena Prentis


House News

Blubery It’s been a very busy year which started with Blubery gaining not

House Shout has always been a big event for Blubery. This year

only a bunch of excitable Year 9 girls, but also two very influential

was no exception as we brought home the first place title for the

characters in the shape of Miss Dudley and Miss Beaney. All have

large group, singing an interesting rendition of ‘This Is Love’. The

had a huge impact on the house from the moment they stepped

small group also put up a good fight with a brilliant mash-up, all

through the door.

led by Phoebe Clark with her excellent directing skills.

To keep the ball rolling as a house, we began with the organisation

On the sporting front, if not for the actual activity, first place

of the Blubery Café, which is always highly successful and a huge

definitely goes to Blubery for enthusiasm. With promising teams

motivator for house spirit. Very much helped by the sale of bacon

of injury prone players we took part in cross country, sports day,

butties in the quad, this year we were proud to raise £400 for

hockey and netball. A special mention must go to Alice Freeman

Children In Need. We've enjoyed taking part in many social events,

and Imi Stevens who always showed a keen attitude to help in

one especially being Halloween. More event planning came later

any sport, and to Isla Atkins for her determination to finish the

in the year with the success of our 50s Hollywood themed Blubery

1500m running race with a smile on her face. We are looking

Dinner. Special thanks must go to the Year 13 Blubery girls,

forward to inter house rounders where the ‘Magical Triangle’ -

Mrs Ingle and Miss Dudley who each put in a huge amount of time

comprising India Blaksley, Millie Roche and Jess Atkins - will

and effort to bring the brilliant evening together.

hopefully triumph.

Over Christmas, we said goodbye to Perri Kennett, a gap student

Although I'm going to miss Blubery, my time here, especially in

from the Pembroke exchange, as she flew home to Australia. Soon

the role of House Captain, has taught me many life lessons. Good

to be joining her there will be our very own Sports Captain, Jess

luck to you all for the challenges you may face in the future.

Atkins. From all of us in Blubery, we wish her the best of luck Niven Curtis - Woodcock

during her time there.


House News

Cornwallis It has been another outstanding year for the boys of Cornwallis.

All the boys can be proud of their efforts both in the house and

Individual efforts and team performances have ensured we’ve

extra curricular pursuits. Rhys Jenkins has dramatically increased

maintained our reputable image. I’m sure the house will build

political awareness within the school and Mark Purkis again

upon this in the future.

continues to excel in his passion for orienteering.

The first major event in the Cornwallis calendar was our renowned

In the four years we have been together the boys in the Upper 6th

and very successful pantomime, this year written and directed by

have built exceptionally strong friendships. In this final year I feel

Andrew Baxter with Mark Purkis playing a major role in

they have led from the start and are brilliant role models for the

choreographing the Year 10’s highly anticipated dance. Our annual

younger years, with strong individual characters such as Kit Bienias

Advent lunch a few days before put the boys in festive spirit and

leading us in the House Shout and Social Secretary, Tom Dainty,

made for a very lively occasion.

organising various tutor and house trips to London and restaurants around the Kent area. Hadyn Joyce has proved a vital asset as

The house cross-country showed the true colours of Cornwallis.

Deputy House Captain.

We had the largest group of boys competing and strong performances in both junior and senior year groups saw us finish in top position which puts us in contention for the house trophy. The house rugby started off with a heated encounter against a

With the Cornwallis Dinner on the horizon we still have a busy time ahead of us but I’m sure all of the boys will look back with delight on our Cornwallis years.

strong Rammell side, illustrated by 7 of our 15 players coming off

Our thanks go to Mr Cullen and his family and all our tutors for

the pitch bleeding out of noses and other orifices. I am proud to

supporting us throughout the year, and also the tireless work of

announce we finished third after a close game against a well-

Roo and Wendy who have been the backbone of many special

organised Allan outfit. We were also able to field a very strong

occasions in Cornwallis.

basketball side and finished second. Credit goes to Yinka Adeleke who has been a very reliable Sports Captain this year and a vital performer in all of our fixtures.

I wish all the boys the best of luck in the coming years. Chris Karg

House News

Crowden Four years ago I and eleven other boys walked into Crowden as Year 10s. Now leaving, as Year 13s, it is clear how being in Crowden has affected our lives for the good and has prepared us for the next step out into the ‘real world’. Crowden is a special boarding house and all the boys get on, no matter what year they are in and this is something that makes the house very strong. Following some impressive results in the summer, we all returned in September looking

The house sporting events this year started out with the cross

forward more to being back in the house than actually being back

country in October in which we came second. We also had a

at school!

great display of effort from the boys in the house basketball which we won for the fourth year in a row beating Cornwallis in the final.

This year turned out to be a very successful year for the house both

Big mentions going here to the Green twins, Finn Hulbert and

academically and sporting wise. It also included house trips to

Callum Stuart for outstanding performances throughout. In house

Cosmos and bowling in Tunbridge Wells as well as individual tutor

rugby, we came second. However without conceding a try, we

group trips to the cinema. The Year 13 tutor group went go-karting

overcame Horsley 8-0 with an outstanding try from Rufus Biggs

and out for dinner in London in the summer term which I can

and then we beat Allan House 5-0 to set up a final against Rammell

personally say was great fun. Crowden Dinner was held at ‘High

who we lost to 3-0.

Rocks’ in Tunbridge Wells and it was a great evening enjoyed by the staff, the boys and our guests. The house Sixth Form Dinner

Good luck to all of the guys next year and I will miss them and the

was at ‘Mexxa Mexxa’ restaurant in Maidstone, which is a Mexican

house very much. I’m proud to have been House Captain of such

food restaurant; this was a much more casual event than the

a great house.

Crowden Dinner which once again was a formal ‘black tie’ Charlie Bülow



House News

Horsley Boys This year has been highly successful for Horsley Boys both within

total of £1200 and, when combined with the Horsley Girls total,

the house internal events, and the school competitions.

reached a total which exceeded £2000.

The first inter-house sporting event was the cross country

This year the Horsley Dinner theme was ‘Murder Mystery’. The

competition, in which a large number of enthusiastic Horsley Boys

night, which saw me being killed, was very entertaining and was

took part. Our efforts in the inter-house rugby in the second term

enjoyed by all who attended. I would like to thank those in Year 9

of the year were also admirable. A very much weakened side due

who volunteered to wait on table for the evening.

to injuries and commitments to other activities managed to achieve 5th in the rugby competition after beating Webster Boys in the 5th and 6th play-off.

I would like to thank Sam Dooley and Merlin Platt-Higgins for supporting the Year 9s through their first year as their Year 13 tutors. Also I would like to thank Merlin for supporting me in my

In the same term we took part in the inter-house hockey

role as House Captain by being my right hand man and filling in

tournament. We were very unlucky not to reach the final due to

for me when I have been absent.

goal difference, but we still managed to achieve 3rd place. The inter-house basketball competition too saw us put on a display worthy of the NBA, which achieved us 5th place. Our greatest sporting achievement came from sports day, in which we finished first. I would like to thank the house Sports Captains, Rory Miles and George Katis, for their commitment to house sports and for organising the teams for every event. The greatly esteemed Horsley Arcade once again took place in March. This year saw the first Horsley Fashion Show, in which our ‘models’ styled outfits for all four seasons of the year. It was highly

I would also like to thank all of the tutors in the house: Mr Penny, Mr Howard, Mr Swinburne and Mr Allen, for their hard graft and dedication which has helped support Years 9 to 12 respectively. I would like to thank our Head of House, Mr Sykes, for both his support of me during my role this year, and for his un-matched dedication to Year 13 and our UCAS applications which has helped everyone who applied receive a suitable offer. I look forward to hearing of our house achievements next year and would like to wish all the Year 11 and 13 leavers the best of luck for the future.

successful due to the professionalism and dedication of Sam Barrett in organising the show. As a house we managed to raise a

Tobyn Hargrave-Smith

House News

Horsley Girls It has been such a pleasure to lead Horsley Girls this year.

There was a great deal of energy fuelling the House Shout and the

Fundraising began with our annual charity cake sale for

small group rap was experimental but certainly hilarious for all

Macmillan. A remarkable £286 was made thanks to the great

involved. There were some amazing performances in the athletics,

range of cakes and culinary skills! Gaining second place in the

including multiple successes from Floss, Nicole and Izzy P.

cross country was fantastic; this success was due to the extra

We were awarded first place for both the juniors and the seniors.

teams that qualified, as a result of the willingness of the entire Finally, the Horsley dinner was a night of mystery but the killer was

house to get involved.

eventually tracked down! A massive thank you must go to Katherine Our ice skating trip to London was a chilly experience, however it

for co-ordinating the entire event and creating such an enjoyable

still proved to be great fun. The hockey team persevered in some

evening for everyone and Megan, for the beautiful table plan.

tough matches, but despite the energy and effort everyone put in

Furthermore, thanks to Sophie for being brilliant throughout the

we only achieved fourth place! This spurred us on for the netball

entire year. She has been a constant support and has been present

and we dominated, gaining first place for both the juniors and the

at all the events which I have thoroughly enjoyed alongside her.

seniors following some outstanding performances. The birth of Mrs Chivers’ baby girl, Margot Molly, has been a great The theatre trip to see ‘Matilda’ was marvellous and the Horsley

excitement for the house and we greatly look forward to seeing

Arcade was a great success. We managed to raise £718 and,

them both again soon. Thank you to Mrs Coleman and all the

combined with the boys, this made a total of just over £2000 for

tutors for their devotion to Horsley. Scarlett Atherton, I’m sure, will

the Lenten Appeal. Ideas and enthusiasm especially from the

make an excellent House Captain and I wish her all the best in this

younger years really aided our funds and Vicky Ayley won ‘The

role for next year.

Star of the Term’ award for her unfaltering dedication to the house. Camilla Cunningham


House News

Rammell The Rammell year started early with



participating in pre-season rugby in Normandy. Here we took part in professional coaching thinking long-term to hopefully win another house rugby trophy and to have another winning team photo on the wall. Rammell is very proud of its sporting achievements, winning the overall sports cup five years in a row, with aspirations of making it six this year. Unfortunately this appeared to be unlikely as we had a disappointing start in the cross-country, making it difficult for us to retain the title. However,

Rammell Dinner was a highlight this year, with much competition

the boys soon pulled their socks up, winning the rugby, reaching

for the chance to win a ‘Rammell Award’. The catering team, staff

the final of both hockey and basketball, and coming second in

and parent, input into this was vast and helped make this last

sports day, with Kitan Orimolye being the fastest boy in the school.

dinner for the upper sixth memorable.

Title number six looks very promising! I have thoroughly enjoyed this Rammell year and especially how Academically we have had some outstanding results both at A-

everyone has supported each other in making the house a really

level, with students achieving most of their university offers and

comfortable place to live. I would like to thank, on behalf of all the

GCSE results equally good. As a house we are determined to

students in Rammell, all the staff members for helping us

continue this high level of academia.

throughout this year, mentoring us, guiding us when we went wrong and ensuring that we reach our full potential. A special

House members have also taken part in various extracurricular

thank you from the upper sixth for making our last year in the

activities such as debating, CCF, dry ski slope skiing and drama.

house the best yet. I wish everyone success and happiness in the

Congratulations to Oliver Bond who came second in the short

years to come.

story competition. House Shout once again lived up to Rammell’s Harry Rugg

singing expectations with the large group chanting ‘Beautiful Girls’ by Sean Kingston, and the small group, led by Oliver Bond and Alfie Lloyd-Dyke, achieving second place singing a mash-up of ‘Rudimental and Paradise’.


House News

School Lodge Coming to a secondary school can be quite daunting. However

School Lodge also made up most of the basketball team and we

being in School Lodge helped to break the nerves. School Lodge

did have some talent with Tom Bass and Zak Osborn shooting well.

this year has been great. Starting on a cold Sunday night in September we all gathered round the front of School Lodge for a

Music has played a large part in School Lodge this year. Henry,

welcome barbecue.

Tom and Dom harmonising became a feature of the mornings and most evenings. Mr Walton and Eddie, our gappy, were

The first few nights in the slodge were hard: many people missed

particularly appreciative of the morning sessions!

friends and family, many people were finding it hard to settle in. However the easy routine of School Lodge managed to help

Every night we all went out to play football, led by the sixth

everyone to adapt.

formers and Eddie. This was always enjoyable and most of the house took part. Eddie’s commitment was outstanding and he

Many boys in School Lodge have taken part in sport and we have

regularly put his body on the line.

had a lot of success. We were well represented in the A rugby team with Kit Thompson being the captain.

Life in School Lodge this year has been great fun and the atmosphere has been good; however it would not have been quite

We also had many boys playing in the A team hockey, with Oliver

the same without our tutors and our house master Mr Turner. Mr

Lee-Amies playing for the district. We also had A team cricket

Walton, one of our tutors also coached cricket, rugby and hockey.

players with Dom Thompson making his debut for the 1st team.

Mr Rogers has been a really good tutor for us, helpful and

Alex Mackinnon also played for the tennis team .

knowledgeable, as has Mrs Corney. Dom Thompson and Henry Brewer

House News

Scott This year in Scott we have welcomed 13 new girls, two new duty

Towards the beginning of the year Scott House celebrated its

staff, this year’s gap year student and even a few furry friends. As

50th anniversary, which saw the return of old faces coming to see

always, everyone has settled well into the dynamics of Scott. Over

where they once lived. As well as listening to many reminiscences,

the course of the year, the house collectively has taken part in a

the current girls of Scott House grouped together to provide tours

variety of events.

for the Old Cranbrookians and helped at the Dining Hall to serve a luxurious meal made by Graeme and his kitchen staff. It was

Sport has never been our strong point, but this year we have

agreed to be a commendable effort by all.

outdone ourselves. We entered two full teams into the house cross country for the first time. Also, we had Alice Reed leading a

We held our annual Scott Ball from which the funds raised went

victorious team into inter house hockey; this was an especially

towards the school’s Lenten appeal. The group effort of the Year

exciting moment for our Head of House, Mrs Burnett. Once again

13s made it a memorable ball for all, especially newcomers and

we will be running Race for Life, a recent tradition, in which the

leavers. In the near future Scott will be holding a barbecue, giving

girls try to help all those affected by cancer.

everyone involved in Scott a chance to gather together. It will be a final farewell to all leavers and the chance to pass the leadership

In addition, we had Sophie White and Rebecca Powell leading us

from the old House Captain to the new.

in House Shout, with the big group singing Atomic Kitten’s ‘The Tide is High,’ and the triumphant small group singing ‘Try Sleeping

It is once again the end of an era, for the Year 13s and those leaving

with a Broken Heart’ by Alicia Keys. We have also had our music

us from Year 11. I think we are all in agreement when I say Scott

room decorated, thanks to the help of Miss Green. She has also

House has made our time at Cranbrook School memorable. We are

helped update the art work all over the house, improving the Scott

sure we will never forget each other and the times we shared together.

House décor, as well as introducing two rather large goldfish to Frankie Shearn

the girls.


House News

Webster Boys My final year as a Webster Boy is coming to a close and the same

The Year 13 basketball players put the disappointing results of the

Webster spirit and kindness is still apparent now as on my first day

rugby and hockey to bed with a superb performance, with wins

as a Year 9, five seemingly short years ago.

over day house rivals Allan and Horsley, the two victories a testament to the skill of Ronan Shanahan in attack and his

The inter house sporting competition got underway with the cross

coordination of the rest of us in defence!

country. As ever in the sporting events, Webster Boys showed great attitude, fantastic character and a desire never to roll over.

Once again, Webster’s Lenten Appeal event was a resounding

Charlie Joslin-Allen inevitably finished in first place, closely

success and a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all involved. A

followed by Sam Betts in second and Harry Gibson in ninth. With

huge thank you must go to all those who performed, to Mrs

the efforts of the rest of the house’s runners, we succeeded in

Newman and Mr Hamilton for their invaluable support, and to all

winning the first sporting event of the year.

the parents who once again donated generously to the house’s chosen charities.

Webster put in heroic performances in the annual house rugby competition. In the torrential rain and despite being

I am very proud to have been a Webster Boy, and honoured to

undermanned, scores from George Allen and Bruno Read-Cutting

have led the house, a duty which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I must

gave something for our solitary supporter - Mr Hamilton - to cheer

thank Jack Newman for being the best of deputies, Toby Gray a


most inspiring sports captain, and Harry Gibson for his tireless work in coordinating the musical life of the house. Finally, I would

In the hockey, Webster had the same hunger to compete but

like to thank Mr Hamilton for his wonderful leadership of the

suffered similar results to the rugby. Despite missing key players,

house this year and wish the house and future house captains the

Webster battled heroically. Special mention must go to goalkeeper

best of luck in the years to come.

Tristan Lee for his outstanding contribution. Jamie Moncrieff


House News

Webster Girls In the spirit of ‘Be All You Can,’ it has been another full-on year for

Our enthusiastic Sports Captains, Jo Barker and Megan Lloyd, have

Webster Girls. The new Year 9’s official initiation into the house took

led the house admirably. Webster’s defining moment undoubtedly

place during our traditional Kino cinema trip, where we donned

came at the start of term in the cross country, where

our best pyjama ensembles to watch the chick flick ‘Clueless.’ It

commendably five Webster girls came in the top ten places. We

was a great way of making everyone feel at home and to welcome

were awarded gold, and with rounders, tennis, and swimming still

our youngest members into the already cohesive House.

to triumph in, we hope to echo this success.

The annual Webster Christmas party was a terrific ‘Wonderland’

My personal thanks go to all the girls in Webster, and in particular

success. Thanks to Mrs Newman’s superb organisation and

to my deputy, Louise Tray, for their constant energy and positivity

representatives from each year group, our Christmas-themed

which has made captaining the house an honour and an

evening was thoroughly festive. Both girls and boys brightened up

unforgettable experience; I wish them all success and happiness

the dining hall with their ice-cool attire, and it was a merry

in the years to come. I would also like to thank our loyal team of

conclusion to the Autumn term.

tutors: Miss Bagat, Miss Pitt, Mrs Dickens and Miss Roller for their constant support and encouragement. A big thank you must also

Everyone quickly had to wipe off their ‘Wear What You Like Day’

go to Mrs Newman who has been terrific; her reinforcement on

face paint for our Lenten Appeal dinner. The immense generosity

the touchline and commitment to the house allows Webster to

of the parents meant we raised £1,880 for our chosen charities.

run smoothly and efficiently. I have loved being a part of Webster,

Much of this total was generated by our spectacular raffle run by

and feel proud handing the baton over to Emma Cooper, who I

Amber Eade-Gleeson and Hamish Plummer, whose efforts were

know will do a splendid job.

reflected in the large total raised. Webster celebrated their abounding range of talent with entertainment from each year group and the evening came to a sentimental close with the Year 13’s choral arrangement which, despite the lack of much needed rehearsal, was well received.

Manon Kidney

Old Cranbrookians Lynxes Cricket Lynxes cricket began on July 3rd when Owen Dearn’s team of recent leavers played a strong School XI. In a 40 over match Dougie Gordon scored a splendid century for the school, who won by 38 runs. The following Sunday saw the launch of a new event, “The Lynxes Lash”, in which several teams played six–aside games on two pitches. This was a great success and the concept will be further developed next year. The “week” was blessed with hot weather and cloudless skies. Steven Hooper prepared Bigside to perfection and the catering was

(School), Jeff Jowers (C 1987), Jeremy Lawson (A 1990), Nick

excellent, thanks to Graeme Edmonds and his staff.

Manser (R 2011), Gary Marshall (H 1977), Oliver Morkel (A 2005), Paul Morkel (A 2004), Ned Powell (W 2012), Joe Schindler (A

Three more matches were played (all with limited overs format)

2012), Guy Schindler (School), Matt Simpson (School), Will

and all were won. In the game against the Bully Boys the Lynxes

Tomalin (A 2011), Charlie Thompson (W 1994), Ben Tragett (CS

chased down a score of 275 for the victory. Against the Old

1993), Rob Wickham (A 2012).

Georgians Nick Manser scored a brilliant 107 (thereby winning the The Andrew Bond Cup for batting) while his opening partner Matt

Many other OCs of varying vintages also came to play in the

Simpson (School) had to be content with a mere 86 runs. In his

“Lynxes Lash”.

three games Owen Dearn earned the David Winterbottom We hope all those who supported the Club this summer will

Bowling Cup.

return next year to enjoy friendly but competitive cricket in the Sadly the Fleet Street Exiles and The Pink Panthers could not raise

second week of July. Any other cricketing OCs, parents and family

sides this year.

friends are always very welcome and anybody wishing to play should contact Gary Marshall (E mail: gmsquash@live.co.uk

Raising our own teams was not easy either, although nearly 30

Mobile: 07866 430289).

Cranbrookians agreed to play during the week, including several very good School players. These were: Asraf Adil (School), Simon

See the website www.lynxescc.co.uk, the open Facebook group

Anthonisx (R 1970), James Barron (CR 1991), Toto Berger (R


2011), Luca Bertoli-Mitchell (W 2012), Oli Clark (School), Max

www.oldcranbrookians.co.uk for further information.


O’Collins (W 2009), Patrick Coyne (2007), Owen Dearn (W 2012), Jeremy Barham

Will Goulstone (2005), Will Huish (W 2011), Finn Hulbert







Old Cranbrookians

Golf Day Twenty four OCs met at Lamberhurst GC for the 21st OCA Golf

Matt Bates (H 1990), Ashley Davies (W 1978), Richard Hillier

Day on a very warm afternoon but with the course made more

(R 1963), Robert Hillier (A 1990), Robin Holliday (H 1966), Mike

difficult due to the fairly strong wind.

Jakob (H 1976), Peter Jakob (H 1978), Tim Jakob (H 1979), Peter Ludgate (A 1970), Giles May (C 1991), Jeremy Philpot (A 1976),

The day consisted of lunch, 18 holes of golf and drinks taken on

Alex Presnell (Staff), Steve Smith (H 1990), Paul Sorensen (Ex

the clubhouse terrace, where the award of prizes took place. The

Staff), Ed Stearns (1990), Matt Tatnell (W 1986), John Taylor

Donald Robathan Trophy was won (for the second time) by Tom

(A 1967), Philip Thompson (H 1963), Tim Wilson (Cs 1950), Dick

Allen, who scored 37 Stableford points playing off a handicap of

Winch (H 1972), Keith Wookey (W1990).

15. Runner up (on count back) was Robin Holliday with 35 points (handicap 15). James Barron (handicap 12) also scored 35 points.

The OCA Golf Day 2014 will be held at Lamberhurst GC on

Ashley Davies was nearest the pin on both the 7th and 17th;

Monday 7th July.

Richard Hillier drove the straightest and Giles May the longest on Anybody wishing to play should contact Mike Jakob (Email:

the 13th Hole.

mjakob04@gmail.com Mobile: 07854 098681) or Jeremy Philpot OCs and others attending were: Tom Allen (W 1986), Jeremy

(E mail: ThePhilpotFive@aol.com Mobile: 07793 121024)

Barham (C 1960), Colin Barrett (C 1990), James Barron (C 1991), Jeremy Barham


Old Cranbrookians

Open Day On 22nd June the School welcomed Old Cranbrookians to the annual open day. The weather was disappointing for the occasion but the warm, friendly ambiance as old friends greeted each other made up for this. Some of the visiting OCs hadn’t seen the School for over forty years. The ‘oldest’ Old Cranbrookian left the School in 1948. There were student-lead tours of the School for the visitors and

Annual Dinner

the tour guides did a fantastic job as ambassadors for Cranbrook School. At 12:40, there was a CCF demonstration on the lawn, exhibiting the cadets’ honed skills and discipline, which was greatly admired by the guests.

The OCA Annual Dinner was held on Friday 16th November at Simpsons in the Strand, London, and was another roaring success.

Current Head Boarding Boy Finn Hulbert, Head Boarding Girl

Despite numbers being down on the previous two years (which

Emily Webb, Head Day Boy Ed Woolgar and Head Day Girl Katie

were sold out), over 60 OCs attended, with Guests of Honour –

Hewitt were on hand all afternoon, taking questions and doing a

David Swinburne and Paul Boullier along with the new Head,

fantastic job of making the guests feel welcome and the catering

John Weeds, accompanied by Sam Deering and Emily Jelly, the

team provided a wonderful buffet.

current Head Boy and Girl, as the newest and very welcome guests. Our guest speaker, Mrs Claire Emerton (nee Crutchley,

This was a great event to see the intermingling of different

Blubery 1992 and Fashion Guru), entertained us with tales from

generations all coming together. Cranbrook School’s tremendous

her school experiences and educated us into the world of fashion

heritage and the enthusiasm of its students, past and present,

“fauxpas”, upon which most of the audience started to squirm! A

remains at the heart of the School’s community and thrives.

highly entertaining and humorous speech and our thanks go to Claire for her time and energy on the night. Big groups of OCs from the 1960s and 1990-93 eras filled the room and as the evening drew to a close, the volume of banter (and bar orders) grew, as fond memories of times and more importantly friends, were recounted.

Hammond Innes (1913-1998)

Next year’s OCA dinner will be on Friday 22nd November 2013, at Simpsons-in-the-Strand. Please check the OCA website for more details in due course. Steve Smith

To celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of Old Cranbrookian and author Hammond Innes, the Association of Sail Training Organisations ran a special Small Ships Race in August. The event was part of the Ipswich Maritime Festival and ran from Ipswich, where Hammond Innes lived in the last years of his life, to Cowes. Hammond Innes was at Cranbrook School during the 1920s and was a prolific traveller, sailor and writer. He was a journalist with the Financial Times and wrote 30 novels in his lifetime including ‘The Lonely Skier’, ‘Cambell’s Kingdom’ and ‘Trojan Horse’. His last published book was ‘Delta Connection’.


Profile for Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School Lynx Magazine 2013  

Cranbrook School Lynx Magazine 2013